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  1. (of hair, eyes, skin, etc.) of a dark color or tone.
  2. (of a person) having dark hair and, often, dark eyes and darkish or olive skin.
  1. a person, especially a female, with such coloration.

Origin of brunette

1705–15; < French; feminine of brunet
Related formsbru·nette·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for brunette

brown, brunet, dusky, swarthy, tawny, pigmented, swart, tanned

Examples from the Web for brunette

Contemporary Examples of brunette

Historical Examples of brunette

  • A brunette selects a blonde and a blonde a brunette, as a general rule in matrimony.

  • Yet it would be unfair to call the brunette beauties of Tanoa savages.

  • I told him, after consulting you, the story of the letter—of the brunette—everything.

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • I had found that the brunette, like myself, was in disguise.

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

  • You have thought too much of the blonde and not enough of the brunette!

    Against Odds

    Lawrence L. Lynch

British Dictionary definitions for brunette


  1. a girl or woman with dark brown hair
adjective Also: brunet
  1. dark brownbrunette hair

Word Origin for brunette

C17: from French, feminine of brunet dark, brownish, from brun brown, of Germanic origin; see brown
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Word Origin and History for brunette

1660s, from French brunette (masc. brunet), from Old French brunet "brownish, brown-haired, dark-complexioned," fem. diminutive of brun "brown" (12c.), of West Germanic origin (see brown (adj.)). As a noun, "woman of a dark complexion," from 1710. The metathesized form, Old French burnete, is the source of the surname Burnett. Burnete also was used of a wool-dyed cloth of superior quality, originally dark brown.

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