burnt sienna


See under sienna(def 1).
an intense dark reddish-brown color.

Origin of burnt sienna

First recorded in 1835–45

Definition for burnt sienna (2 of 2)


[ see-en-uh ]
/ siˈɛn ə /


a ferruginous earth used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna).
the color of such a pigment.

Origin of sienna

1750–60; < Italian (terra di) Sien(n)a (earth of) Siena
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British Dictionary definitions for burnt sienna (1 of 2)


/ (sɪˈɛnə) /


a natural earth containing ferric oxide used as a yellowish-brown pigment when untreated (raw sienna) or a reddish-brown pigment when roasted (burnt sienna)
the colour of this pigmentSee also burnt sienna

Word Origin for sienna

C18: from Italian terra di Siena earth of Siena

British Dictionary definitions for burnt sienna (2 of 2)

burnt sienna


a reddish-brown dye or pigment obtained by roasting raw sienna in a furnace
a dark reddish-orange to reddish-brown colour
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Word Origin and History for burnt sienna


city in central Italy, probably from Senones, the name of a Gaulish people who settled there in ancient times. Related: Sienese. The brownish-ochre color (1760) is from Italian terra di Sienna "earth of Siena," where the coloring material first was produced.

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