Origin of blond
usage note for blond
OTHER WORDS FROM blondblondness, nounblondish, adjective
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BLOND VS. BLONDE
What’s the difference between blond and blonde?
Blond and blonde are both adjectives most commonly used to describe the color of light or yellowish hair or someone who has such hair. They can also both be used as nouns referring to a person with such hair, as in Should I make this character a blond or a redhead?
They are pronounced exactly the same. But there is a difference: the spelling blonde is typically used in a gender-specific way to refer to or describe women and girls with this hair color. In contrast, the use of blond in a gender-neutral way is very common. And when the word is used as an adjective, this spelling is much more commonly used, regardless of the gender of the person whose hair color is being described.
Blond and blonde derive from French, which has grammatical gender, meaning that some words end differently depending on whether they are applied to men or women (with e being the feminine ending). This happens in a few other pairs of words in English, like confidant and confidante, though in many cases the term without the e has become largely gender-neutral. This is the case with blond, which is the more commonly used of the two.
When describing the colors of things other than hair, such as wood or coffee, only the spelling blond is used.
When in doubt, remember that the spelling blond is appropriate in all cases.
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How to use blond in a sentence
Barker’s rendering of Candyman was a pale, oddly dressed blond man.How an unsolved murder and a public housing crisis led to Candyman|Aja Romano|August 27, 2021|Vox
I say this as a woman who’s gone from a glam rock-size cloud of dark curls to short blond hair, to long red hair, and who knows what next.Britney Spears, Sinéad O'Connor and the Radical Act of a Haircut|Susanna Schrobsdorff|July 5, 2021|Time
A small blond girl on the grade-school playground ran up and told me to look at my nails.
The one my maternal grandmother made was thick and featured chickpea-flour fritters, while on my dad’s side, it would be thinner, blond and slightly sweet, studded with mustard seeds.
Swift signed to Big Machine Records in 2005, a fresh-faced Nashville singer with a guitar and long blond hair.Here’s Why Taylor Swift Is Re-Releasing Her Old Albums|Raisa Bruner|March 25, 2021|Time
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.
Coren, a striking blond with an authoritative manner and a deep voice, stayed with the story all night and well into the next day.
There were little blond girls in knit hats next to elderly African American women hobbling on canes.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence|Ben Jacobs|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Casa Bruja's Fula Farmacia Blond Ale sells for $1.95 at Bodega Mi Amiga.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was enveloped in a sky-blue satin gown, or rather, sort of blouse, ornamented all round with two rows of rich black blond.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
He had close-cropped blond hair and pretty blue eyes and he was a very tough boy.
The Nordic race is, like the Iberian, long-headed, but in contrast it is blond and very tall.The Towns of Roman Britain|James Oliver Bevan
And greenish among the stubble, upon a spear of blond barley, with a double row of seeds, I saw a prègo-diéu.Frdric Mistral|Charles Alfred Downer
He was suddenly aware of his thankfulness for the companionship of this tall, blond youngster.Astounding Stories, May, 1931|Various