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    Exclamation Brunette or Brown?


    To describe someone that he\she has a dark skin especially brown (like a suntanned person)

    would we use (brown) ?

    I understand that (Brunette) means a white woman with brown or black hair, but I nedd a word for the skin colour (for masculine and feminine)

    Many thanks in advance.


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    Re: Brunette or Brown?

    We would say they are dark skinned, just as someone who is blonde will probably be fair skinned. For those whose skin tone is dark but not as noticeably as suntan, there is the term "sallow".


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    Re: Brunette or Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    We would say they are dark skinned, just as someone who is blonde will probably be fair skinned. For those whose skin tone is dark but not as noticeably as suntan, there is the term "sallow".
    I agree with the first statement (dark-skinned, etc.), but "sallow" has a negative sense. If someone is sallow, their skin has a sickly, yellowish color.


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    Re: Brunette or Brown?

    Not necessarily, in that many East Europeans have sallow skins, yet look perfectly healthy. It does imply a curious greenish tone to the skin [I have a niece who has a skin of this kind, with slaty grey eyes and brown hair.]

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    Re: Brunette or Brown?

    Maybe it's an American connotation, then, because I had the same reaction as Carrington. It definitely carries a sense of being somewhat sickly to me.

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    Re: Brunette or Brown?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rosamond00 View Post
    To describe someone that he\she has a dark skin especially brown (like a suntanned person)

    would we use (brown) ?

    I understand that (Brunette) means a white woman with brown or black hair, but I nedd a word for the skin colour (for masculine and feminine)

    Many thanks in advance.
    Hi Rosamond00,

    One often hears "dark-skinned," "dark-toned," or "dark-complected," as well as "olive-skinned," "olive-toned," or "olive-complected." ( - though usually hyphenated, each may also be written without the hyphen.)

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