blond

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French blond m, from Old French blond, blont, from Frankish *blund (a mixed color between golden and light-brown), from Proto-Germanic *blundaz (mixed, blinding), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ- (to become turbid, see badly, go blind). Compare Old English blondenfeax (grey-haired), Old English blandan (to mix). More at blend.

Alternative etymology connects Frankish *blund to Proto-Germanic *blundaz (blond), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰl̥ndʰ-, *bʰlendʰ- (blond, red-haired). Cognate with Sanskrit ब्रध्न (bradhna, ruddy, pale red, yellowish).

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Noun[edit]

blond (plural blonds)

  1. A person of fair hair.
  2. A pale yellowish (golden brown) color, especially as a hair color.
    blond colour:    

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word can vary according to gender, with "blond" being used of males and "blonde" of females, following French usage.
  • Some writers, especially in the US, treat the spellings as interchangeable or use blond gender-neutrally.
  • Traditional terms for light hair are "fair(-haired)", "fairheaded", "flaxen", "tow-haired", and "towhead(ed)".

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Adjective[edit]

blond (comparative blonder or more blond, superlative blondest or most blond)

  1. Of a bleached or pale golden (light yellowish) colour.
    blond hair
    blonde ale; blonde beer
    • 1914, in the American Anthropologist:
      She has a blond complexion, with brown hair and gray eyes.
    • 2011 Feb, “Beauty Confessions”, Redbook, volume 216, number 2, page 60: 
      If you're going one or two shades lighter, don't even touch your brows. But if you're making a big change, soften them by tinting them with home haircolor: a lighter shade of brown for blonder shades, a golden shade if you're dyeing your hair red.
  2. (of a person) Having blond hair.
    • 2012 Jan, “The Best Blonde Hair Color in Hollywood”[1], Cosmopolitan: 
      Blonde bombshells have been around since the beginning of time, but lately, stars have really been stepping up their golden-haired game.

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Dutch[edit]

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blond (comparative blonder, superlative blondst)

  1. of light colour (usually said about light hair colour, but it can also refer to beer)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Of Germanic origin: probably from Frankish *blund (a mixed color between golden and light-brown), from Proto-Germanic *blundaz (mixed, blinding). Compare Italian biondo, Occitan blon.

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Adjective[edit]

blond m (feminine blonde, masculine plural blonds, feminine plural blondes)

  1. pale golden-brown in colour, usually said of hair
  2. (informal) naïve

Noun[edit]

blond m (plural blonds, feminine blonde)

  1. the colour blond; a golden-brown
  2. someone with blond hair

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German[edit]

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blond (comparative blonder, superlative am blondesten)

  1. fair, blond

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French blond.

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blond

  1. blond

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Swedish[edit]

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blond

  1. blond; of light hair colour
  2. blond; of light complexion

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