- (of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
- Reddish brown.
very early 15c., from Old French auborne, from Medieval Latin alburnus "off-white, whitish," from Latin albus "white" (see alb). It found English definition "yellowish-white, flaxen," but shifted 16c. to "reddish-brown" under influence of center English brun "brown," which changed the spelling.
- (a.) reddish-brown.
That of New York built the great Auburn penitentiary in 1816 to carry out the new principles.