sienna [see-en-uh] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a ferruginous earth used as a yellowish-brown pigment (raw sienna) or, after roasting in a furnace, as a reddish-brown pigment (burnt sienna).
  2. the color of such a pigment.

Origin of sienna 1750–60; Italian (terra di) Sien(n)a (earth of) Siena Examples from the Web for sienna Contemporary Examples of sienna

  • Also breaking: apparently, Delevingne and Sienna Miller are “schnoystering,” whatever that means.

    Donald Sterling’s Former Mistress Makes the “Paparazzi Shield” Chic; Cara Delevingne Has Self-Grooming Eyebrows

    The Fashion Beast Team

    May 5, 2014

  • Dr. Sienna helpfully tells him “We see these occasionally in the medical field.”

    Fact-Checking Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’: 10 Mistakes, False Statements, and Oversimplifications

    Noah Charney

    May 20, 2013

  • They came onto the scene in 2004, on the feet of boho-chic English style icons Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.

    Have Ugg Boots Made a Tepid Return to Fashion?

    Misty White Sidell

    February 28, 2013

  • Those targeted included Princes William and Harry, as well as senior politicians and the actors Hugh Grant and Sienna Miller.

    Sun Editor Calls Ethics Inquiry ‘Ludicrous’

    Charlotte Edwardes

    January 9, 2012

  • Actress Sienna Miller described paparazzi spitting at her to provoke a reaction they could photograph.

    Murdoch’s News of the World Sins Exposed by Leveson Inquiry

    Brian Cathcart

    November 28, 2011

  • Historical Examples of sienna

  • He will return about the 10th of October to fetch me, and we all go on to Sienna, to my mother.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D’Annunzio

  • I have compared it with that which is preserved in the archives of Sienna.

    Cosmopolis, Complete

    Paul Bourget

  • The filler used should be coloured with burnt umber and sienna.

    The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration

    Charles Franklin Warner

  • Sienna, resting on the top and brow of a hill, looks picturesque from below.

    Wintering in the Riviera

    William Miller

  • The body of S. Catherine of Sienna reposes beneath the high altar.

    Rambles in Rome

    S. Russell Forbes

  • British Dictionary definitions for sienna sienna noun

    1. a natural earth containing ferric oxide used as a yellowish-brown pigment when untreated (raw sienna) or a reddish-brown pigment when roasted (burnt sienna)
    2. the colour of this pigmentSee also burnt sienna

    Word Origin for sienna C18: from Italian terra di Siena earth of Siena Word Origin and History for sienna Sienna

    city in central Italy, probably from Senones, the name of a Gaulish people who settled there in ancient times. Related: Sienese. The brownish-ochre color (1760) is from Italian terra di Sienna “earth of Siena,” where the coloring material first was produced.

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