Vandyke brown

  1. a medium brown color.

  2. any of several dark-brown pigments consisting of iron oxide mixed with lampblack or similar materials.

Origin of Vandyke brown

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby Vandyke brown Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Vandyke brown in a sentence

  • For depth and brightness, add crimson lake with a little Vandyke brown.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • In graining ash in oil the colors necessary will be raw umber and raw sienna and a little Vandyke brown or black.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • A little Vandyke brown will deepen the color, or thin asphaltum may be used in shading or overgraining.

    Practical Graining | William E. (William Edmund) Wall
  • She dipped her brush into a pot of Vandyke brown and painted one of the whittled toy horses in two strokes.

    McTeague | Frank Norris
  • The eyebrows, too, had given in, and narrow lines of Vandyke brown meandered down Lady Kirkbank's cheeks.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel | M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for Vandyke brown

Vandyke brown

    • a moderate brown colour

    • (as adjective): a Vandyke-brown suit

  1. any of various brown pigments, usually consisting of a mixture of ferric oxide and lampblack

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