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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch bruin (brown) via William Caxton's 1485 translation of a Dutch version of the legend of Reynard the Fox. Bruin is the bear, named for his brown color.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bruin (plural bruins)

  1. A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, Ursus arctos.
    • 1989, Keith Bosley, translating Elias Lönnrot, The Kalevala, XVII:
      The mother sought the one gone / astray, for the lost she longs: / she ran great swamps as a wolf / trod the wilds as a bruin / waters as an otter roamed […].

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DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /brœy̯n/
  • Rhymes: -œy̯n
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch bruun, from Old Dutch *brūn, from Proto-Germanic *brūnaz.

AdjectiveEdit

bruin (comparative bruiner, superlative bruinst)

  1. brown
InflectionEdit
Inflection of bruin
uninflected bruin
inflected bruine
comparative bruiner
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial bruin bruiner het bruinst
het bruinste
indefinite m./f. sing. bruine bruinere bruinste
n. sing. bruin bruiner bruinste
plural bruine bruinere bruinste
definite bruine bruinere bruinste
partitive bruins bruiners
Derived termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

From the adjective bruin.

NounEdit

bruin n (uncountable)

  1. the color brown
    Het bruin van de stam contrasteerde fel met het groen van de bladeren.
    The brown color of the trunk contrasted sharply with the green color of the leaves.

NounEdit

bruin c (uncountable)

  1. (slang) heroin
    Mijn god, zit ie aan de bruin?My god, is he on heroin?
Usage notesEdit

The expression aan de bruin zijn is used for the addiction to heroin only, not for individual shots.

See alsoEdit

Colors in Dutch · kleuren (layout · text)
     wit      grijs      zwart
             rood ; karmijnrood              oranje ; bruin              geel ; roomwit
             groengeel/limoengroen              groen             
             blauwgroen/cyaan ; groenblauw/petrolblauw              azuurblauw              blauw
             violet ; indigo              magenta ; paars              roze

PapiamentuEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch bruin.

AdjectiveEdit

bruin

  1. brown