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Origin of hazel
OTHER WORDS FROM hazelha·zel·ly, adjective
Words nearby hazel
Definition for hazel (2 of 2)
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What color are hazel eyes?
Opinions vary on what, exactly, constitutes hazel eyes. Some consider them to be any shade with light brown or gold tones; others think they are a variation of brown eyes, only with more green or gold in the iris.
Where did the term hazel eyes come from?
We’ll never know who the first person who had hazel eyes was, but if they were around today, they would join 5–8% of the world’s population that claims the color.
The term hazel comes from the color of a hazelnut and is recorded describing eyes as early as the 1690s. Whatever the precise shade of hazel is, scientists agree that hazel eyes are caused by light-scattering and melanin. Many online tutorials and makeup products can help you make those coveted, rare hazel eyes pop—much to the envy of others.
How to use the term hazel eyes
Hazel eyes are used to describe the eye color of mostly white populations where there is a mix of people with blue, green, and brown eyes, upping the genetic chance for hazel eyes to occur. However, people of other races have also flashed some hazel-colored peepers, supermodel Tyra Banks is one of the more notable examples.
Another famous holder of hazel eyes would be first-ever American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson. In 2004, she released the single “Behind These Hazel Eyes.” In the chorus, she sings: “…you won’t get to see the tears I cry / Behind these hazel eyes”
The anthem, which details Clarkson’s tormented heart after breaking up with her boyfriend, remained on the Billboard Top Ten for 15 weeks, and is a personal favorite of the singer herself and a tearjerker for her many fans. As Clarkson said in 2005, “Crappy relationships [make for] a good song.”
More examples of hazel eyes:
“Even the graphic designers at Almay can’t seem to settle on a single definition of hazel. Their i-color eyeshadows for hazel eyes are calibrated for golden brown “honeyed hazel.” This is the color they use on their packaging, too. But the display in my drugstore shows a green-brown iris!”
—Kat S, xoJane, June 2015
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Example sentences from the Web for hazel
His hazel eyes actually glimmer and his brown hair, barely beginning to salt and pepper, curls up around a Seattle Seahawks cap.
Never have two people been more in love than Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace Lancaster, and now one of them is about to die.
Gus asks Hazel to speak at his eventual funeral, but decides he wants to hear what she has to say first.
The movie ends with Hazel actually happy—she made the choice to be in love with Gus, and she likes that choice.
In Fault, Hazel is very fixated on meeting her idol, author Peter van Houten.Shailene Woodley on ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ That Nasty 'Time' Piece, and the F-Word|Marlow Stern|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Color flew into her thin cheeks, and the eyes that stared at Hazel's straw tam-o'-shanter grew dim.Jewel's Story Book|Clara Louise Burnham
"I should not be here had not Tommy and Hazel dragged me out," declared Margery.The Meadow-Brook Girls Under Canvas|Janet Aldridge
Hazel ran out into the water until she was up to her neck, then she swam out.The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea|Janet Aldridge
There was a slumbering devil in Miss Hazel Weir, and it took little to wake her temper.North of Fifty-Three|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Like many other plants, the hazel has two kinds of flowers, which come out before the leaves.Miscellanea|Juliana Horatia Ewing
British Dictionary definitions for hazel
- a light yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)hazel eyes