blond

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French blond m, from Old French blond, blont, Medieval Latin blondus, 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). If so, then it would be cognate with Sanskrit ब्रध्न (bradhná, ruddy, pale red, yellowish).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

A girl with light blonde hair

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

  1. Of a bleached or pale golden (light yellowish) colour.
    blond hair
    blond ale
    blond beer
    • 1914, “American Anthropologist”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name):
      She has a blond complexion, with brown hair and gray eyes.
    • 2011 Feb, “Beauty Confessions”, in 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.
    • 1956, James Baldwin, chapter 2, in Giovanni's Room, Penguin, published 2001, Part 2:
      He seemed—somehow—younger than I had ever been, and blonder and more beautiful, and he wore his masculinity as unequivocally as he wore his skin.
    • 2012 Jan, “The Best Blonde Hair Color in Hollywood”, in Cosmopolitan[1]:
      Blonde bombshells have been around since the beginning of time, but lately, stars have really been stepping up their golden-haired game.
  3. Alternative spelling of blonde (stupid)
    • 2010, Mariah Stewart, Moon Dance, Simon & Schuster, →ISBN:
      “She was so blond, that where it said 'sign here,' she wrote Gemini.” He had given her only the weakest of smiles.
    • 2002, Michael Jay, The Altherian Code, iUniverse, →ISBN, page 118:
      Katelyn's laugh was nearly uncontrollable. “You are so blond sometimes,” she said with a long laughing sigh, but then calmed herself down.

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Noun[edit]

blond (plural blonds)

  1. A pale yellowish (golden brown) color, especially said of hair color.
    blond colour:  
  2. A person with this hair color.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word can vary according to gender, with “blond” being used of males and “blonde” of women and girls, following French usage. However, some writers, especially in the United States, treat the spellings as interchangeable and use both gender-neutrally. Compare, for example, the 2000 non-fiction book Angry Blonde and the 2001 film Legally Blonde, the titles of which refer to male and female blonds respectively.
  • Traditional terms for light hair are fair(-haired), fairheaded, flaxen, tow-haired, yellow-haired, and towhead(ed).

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Verb[edit]

blond (third-person singular simple present blonds, present participle blonding, simple past and past participle blonded)

  1. To color or dye blond

Central Franconian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old High German blind, northern variant of blint.

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blond (masculine blonne, feminine blonn, comparative blonner, superlative et' blondste)

  1. (Eifel) blind; unable to see

Etymology 2[edit]

From French blond, probably via German.

Adjective[edit]

blond (masculine blonde, feminine blond, comparative blonder, superlative et' blondste)

  1. blond; fair

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

blond (comparative blonder, superlative blondst)

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

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of blond
uninflected blond
inflected blonde
comparative blonder
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial blond blonder het blondst
het blondste
indefinite m./f. sing. blonde blondere blondste
n. sing. blond blonder blondste
plural blonde blondere blondste
definite blonde blondere blondste
partitive blonds blonders

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval Latin blondus, 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 (feminine singular 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 color blond; a golden-brown
  2. someone with blond hair

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From modern French blond, from Frankish *blund, from Proto-Germanic *blundaz, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlendʰ-. The earlier borrowing Middle High German blunt was rare and had no continuation in early modern German.

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Adjective[edit]

blond (comparative blonder, superlative am blondesten)

  1. blond; fair; unlike English, not commonly used of anything other than hair (except beer, see hereunder)
    Blonde Haare sind vor allem bei den Völkern germanischer und slawischer Abstammung verbreitet.
    Blond hair is primarily common among the peoples of Germanic and Slavic descent.
  2. (of beer) bright; not brown or yeasty
  3. (colloquial, possibly offensive) stupid; naive
    Das war so blond von mir!
    That was so stupid of me!

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Synonyms[edit]

  • (fair): fahl; gelb (both dated in this sense)
  • (of beer): hell

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French blond.

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Adjective[edit]

blond m or n (feminine singular blondă, masculine plural blonzi, feminine and neuter plural blonde)

  1. blond

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Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blond

  1. blond; of light hair colour
  2. blond; of light complexion
  3. Synonym: ljushyllt

Declension[edit]

Inflection of blond
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular blond blondare blondast
Neuter singular blont blondare blondast
Plural blonda blondare blondast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 blonde blondare blondaste
All blonda blondare blondaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.