1660s, from French brunette (masc. brunet), from Old French brunet "brownish, brown-haired, dark-complexioned," fem. diminutive of brun "brown" (12c.), of West Germanic origin (see brown (adj.)). As a noun, "woman of a dark complexion," from 1710. The metathesized kind, Old French burnete, may be the way to obtain the surname Burnett. Burnete additionally ended up being used of a wool-dyed cloth of exceptional quality, initially dark brown.
marked by dark or reasonably dark coloration of hair or skin or eyes
- you with dark (brown) locks
- a lady or girl with a somewhat brown or dark skin.
- Having a dark tint.
- brunet [Am.] [woman]
(a.) A girl or girl with a somewhat brown or dark complexion.
- (a.) Having a dark tint.
The brunette waved in return and led her through the small town to a boardwalk lining the wide, slow-moving Mississippi River.