or flax·y

[flak-suh n]
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Origin of flaxen

First recorded in 1510–20; flax + -en2
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Examples from the Web for flaxen

Historical Examples of flaxen

  • This was of gold—not red, not auburn, not flaxen, but pure and living gold.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • She was plump, pleasant-looking, with a piquant smile and flaxen hair.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The man released her, and, to her surprise, gently touched her flaxen hair.

  • Netta knelt, and the garland was thrown over her flaxen curls.


    Effie Afton

  • And the wind, playing with his long, flaxen beard, flung it into his face.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

British Dictionary definitions for flaxen



  1. of, relating to, or resembling flax
  2. of a soft yellow colourflaxen hair
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Word Origin and History for flaxen

"made of flax," mid-15c., from flax + -en (2). As "the color of flax" (usually with reference to hair) it is attested from 1520s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper