blond

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Alternative forms[edit]

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). If so, then it would be cognate with Sanskrit ब्रध्न(bradhná, ruddy, pale red, yellowish).

Pronunciation[edit]

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 females, following French usage. However, some writers, especially in the United States, treat the spellings as interchangeable and use both gender-neutrally.
  • Traditional terms for light hair are fair(-haired), fairheaded, flaxen, tow-haired, yellow-haired, and towhead(ed).

Translations[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
    blonde ale; blonde beer
    • 1914, in the American Anthropologist:
      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, Giovanni’s Room, Penguin, 2001, Part Two, Chapter 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. (of a female) Alternative spelling of blonde (stupid)
    • 2010, Mariah Stewart, Moon Dance, Simon and Schuster (ISBN 9781451633054)
      “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 9780595214914), 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.

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]

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]

Adjective[edit]

blond ‎(comparative blonder, superlative blondst)

  1. of light colour (usually said about light hair colour, 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]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blond m ‎(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 colour blond; a golden-brown
  2. someone with blond hair

External links[edit]


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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blond ‎(comparative blonder, superlative am blondesten)

  1. blond; fair
    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!

Declension[edit]

Synonyms[edit]

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

Related terms[edit]

External links[edit]


Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French blond.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. blond

Declension[edit]

Synonyms[edit]


Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

blond

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

Declension[edit]

Inflection of blond
Indefinite/attributive 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 an attributive role.

Synonyms[edit]