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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

German manufacturing company, named for founder Max Braun, mechanical engineer in Frankfurt am Main (1921).

Braun (company)

Braun GmbH ( ; ), formerly Braun AG, is a German consumer products company based in Kronberg. From 1984 until 2007, Braun was a wholly owned subsidiary of The Gillette Company, which had purchased a controlling interest in the company in 1967. Braun is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Procter & Gamble, which acquired Gillette in 2005. On 16 April 2012, De'Longhi bought perpetual rights to manufacture Braun branded products from Procter & Gamble in the small appliance segment. Procter & Gamble will continue to own the Braun brand.


Braun is a common surname, originating from the German word for the color brown. The name is the 22nd most common family name in Germany. Many German emigrants to the United States also changed their name to Brown (see Brown (surname)).

In German, Braun is pronounced , roughly similar to the English word "brown." In English, it is often mispronounced as "brawn," as in Carol Mosely Braun. Pronunciation is an individual choice and is hard to guess unless one is in a position to hear the person's name spoken.

Braun (disambiguation)

Braun is a common surname of German origin.

Braun may also refer to:

  • Braun (company), a German electronics and appliance company
  • B. Braun Melsungen, a German medical supplies and drugs company
  • Braun's Fashions, the former name of clothing retailer Christopher & Banks
  • Carl Braun Camera-Werk (new name Braun Photo Technik GmbH), German electronics, slide projector and camera maker
  • Braun Racing, a NASCAR team
  • C. F. Braun, an American engineering company, designed petroleum and chemical processing facilities; acquired by KBR

Usage examples of "braun".

Dennoch konnte er, recht deutlich, auf seiner Brust einen kleinen braunen Vogel sitzen sehen.

Licht fiel auf seinen starken braunen Nacken, auf den Rand aus dunklerem Braun, der ihn umringte, wie getrocknetes Blut.

One of the reporters, a man named Downs from Aces magazine, was up here earlier, trying to get Braun to consent to an interview.

Braun first faked a suicide in Germany, and then when that died down he planned these hangars in the Black Forest where the Brandenburg and the Ludendorff were first taken and refitted for bombing.

It was enough to tell Braun he was driving to Vienna once Grant and Avril were safely away.

Braun seemed to be away from Huntsville most of the time: in Washington to testify before Congress, in Chicago to speak before large assemblies of scientists, or in the smallest Tennessee town to explain to local businessmen the significance of the new science.

It depends on people like Glancey and me and the Vice-President to keep it funded, and the best thing we have going for us is not Wernher von Braun, good as he is, or brilliant men like you and Kolff.

I shall complain to Marshal Braun, who gave me the passport for posting, knowing that I had not the political passport.

He paid his court to the Countess Braun, but he had rivals there who were not afraid of him.

The general, an engineer and not a scientist, was in charge of building the great A-4 rockets which the scientific genius, young Wernher von Braun, had devised, and the job was not an easy one, for whenever General Breutzl had a production line nicely started, Von Braun altered the specifications, requiring a complete reorientation of machines and men.

He was a constant courtier of the Countess Braun, the reigning beauty, and everyone believed his love had been crowned with success, though no one could assert as much positively.

Braun stared into his display, watching the battlecruisers as Argive swung directly away from them.

Alistairs Reisegefährtin sah ihm, noch ganz benommen, aus großen braunen Augen dabei zu.

Die Sache mit dem braunen Schleier stand im läppisch geschriebenen Vorwort.

Das Pferd blickte ihn aus großen braunen Augen an und ließ keine feindselige Regung erkennen.