Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 15c., from Old French blont "fair, blond" (12c.), from Medieval Latin blundus "yellow," perhaps from Frankish *blund. If it is a Germanic word, it is possibly related to Old English blonden-feax "gray-haired," from blondan, blandan "to mix" (see blend (v.)). According to Littré, the original sense of the French word was "a colour midway between golden and light chestnut," which might account for the notion of "mixed."\n
\nOld English beblonden meant "dyed," so it is also possible that the root meaning of blonde, if it is Germanic, may be "dyed," as ancient Teutonic warriors were noted for dying their hair. Du Cange, however, writes that blundus was a vulgar pronunciation of Latin flavus "yellow." Another guess (discounted by German etymologists), is that it represents a Vulgar Latin *albundus, from alba "white."\n
\nThe word was reintroduced into English 17c. from French, and was until recently still felt as French, hence blonde (with French feminine ending) for females. Italian biondo, Spanish blondo, Old Provençal blon all are of Germanic origin.\n\nFair hair was much esteemed by both the Greeks and Romans, and so they not only dyed and gold-dusted theirs ..., but also went so far as to gild the hair of their statues, as notably those of Venus de Medici and Apollo. In the time of Ovid (A.U.C. 711) much fair hair was imported from Germany, by the Romans, as it was considered quite the fashionable color. Those Roman ladies who did not choose to wear wigs of this hue, were accustomed to powder theirs freely with gold dust, so as to give it the fashionable yellow tint.
[C. Henry Leonard, "The Hair," 1879]
c.1755 of a type of lace, 1822 of persons; from blond (adj.).
Blond (male), blonde (female), or fair hair, is a hair color characterized by low levels of the dark pigment eumelanin. The resultant visible hue depends on various factors, but always has some sort of yellowish color. The color can be from the very pale blond (caused by a patchy, scarce distribution of pigment) to reddish "strawberry" blond or golden-brownish ("sandy") blond colors (the latter with more eumelanin). On the Fischer–Saller scale, blond color ranges from A (light blond) to O (dark blond).
Blond is a hair color.
Blond or Blondes may also refer to:
- Blond (surname)
- Blond, Haut-Vienne, France
- Blond Bay State Game Reserve, Australia
Blond was the Swedish boy band that has represented Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. In Dublin the band performed the entry " Bara hon älskar mig" which finished in 14th place.
Blond is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Nikky Blond (born 1981), Hungarian porn star
- Phillip Blond (born 1966), director of the UK think tank ResPublica
- Shelley Blond (20th century), first voice actress for Lara Croft
- Susan Blond (20th century), publicist
n. a person with fair skin and hair [syn: blonde]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Of a bleached or pale golden (light yellowish) colour. n. 1 A pale yellowish (golden brown) color, especially said of hair color. 2 A person with this hair color. v
To color or dye blond
Usage examples of "blond".
Vuitton clutch hung from her elbow and she pushed an expensive Bertini stroller accessorized with an infant whose blond hair matched her own.
The poster of the blond beauty hung on the wall at the foot of his bed, where he could gaze upon her night and day, her smile and her long tanned legs transporting him from his miserable duty in the altiplano, from the garrison in Azatlan.
In the space of just a few minutes she had seen ten armed men carrying suitcases, a sable-garbed woman with two steel hooks for hands, and now a diamond-studded blond followed by a hulking, apish brute of a man.
She wore white pants and a Barble T-shirt, and her long blond hair was held back from her face with pink plastic clips.
Under the picture, a lock of tightly coiled blond hair was secured beneath a beveled crystal.
She glanced defiantly at Binny, impishly at Jossie, and with a determined nod of her blond curly head, expectantly turned to me.
At court some people envied my familiarity with the emperor, the bishop of Speyer, for example, and a certain Count Ditpold, whom everyone called the Bishopess, perhaps because he had the blond hair and rosy cheeks of a maiden.
Monica and Howard had stationed themselves by the baggage carousels and they waved enthusiastically as she appeared, Monica a lot blonder and Howard only slightly balder.
Etienne Vascogne, and the taller, blonder, and slimmer form of his assistant chief of security, Helga Litwack.
Her hair grew paler, blond and blonder, until it was almost a white blond.
Her hair was blonder than God had ever intended, and her skin was darkly and evenly tanned which made her perfect teeth seem even whiter when she smiled.
Several of the blonder workers had shed their shirts in defiance of the tropical sun.
They seemed wound into a cocoon of blond hair and ubiquitous, dry kisses: once or twice she may have brought in a Bondel girl to assist.
It was a smallish, blond man the stranger wanted, a young man, a borderer, the rider of the horse that imaged himself as fire, pain and dark: those who knew Stuart called the creature Burn.
Expecting Brule, it was disconcerting to see instead a tall, lean figure whose youthfully graceful shoulders and blond hair she instantly recognized.