See also: Bruin and bruín

English edit

Etymology edit

From Middle Dutch bruun (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. Doublet of brown.

Pronunciation edit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɹuːɪn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːɪn

Noun edit

bruin (plural bruins)

  1. A folk name for a bear, especially the brown bear, Ursus arctos.
    • 1989, Elias Lönnrot, translated by Keith Bosley, The Kalevala, section 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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Anagrams edit

Afrikaans edit

Etymology edit

From Dutch bruin.

Pronunciation edit

Adjective edit

bruin (attributive bruine, comparative bruiner, superlative bruinste)

  1. brown
  2. coloured, of mixed-race and/or Southeast Asian stock

Dutch edit

Pronunciation edit

Etymology 1 edit

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

Adjective edit

bruin (comparative bruiner, superlative bruinst)

  1. brown
Inflection edit
Declension 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 terms edit
Descendants edit
  • Afrikaans: bruin
  • Negerhollands: bruun, brin, bryen
  • Papiamentu: brùin, brein, bruin
  • Sranan Tongo: broin

Etymology 2 edit

From the adjective bruin.

Noun edit

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.

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bruin c (uncountable)

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

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

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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

Papiamentu edit

Etymology edit

From Dutch bruin.

Adjective edit

bruin

  1. brown