from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to any person bearing the name of Brown; Brownian.
  • noun A student or graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or invented by, Brown; -- a term applied to a system of medicine promulgated in the 18th century by John Brown, of Scotland, the fundamental doctrine of which was, that life is a state of excitation produced by the normal action of external agents upon the body, and that disease consists in excess or deficiency of excitation.


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  • Coming from a line of Brunonians based in Providence — her father, a Rhode Island legislator and owner of a coal yard, went to Brown, as did her three brothers and uncle — she decided “pretty early on that she wanted to have” the education that all of the men in her family had.

    Annie Smith Peck: the Brown student who should have been, but never was Benjamin Pollard 2021


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