Blond versus Blonde

What is the Difference Between Blond and Blonde?


When to Use Blond or Blonde

In the original French and in traditional English usage, blond is masculine and blonde is feminine.

Therefore, blond is male, and blonde is female.

  • She was blonde as a child.
  • The tall blond man entered the room.

    The word blond can function as an adjective and as a noun, and it is one of the only English adjectives to retain separate masculine and feminine grammatical genders.

  • He is a blond with blue eyes. (Noun)
  • She is a blonde with blue eyes. (Noun)
  • The blonde woman’s hair was long. (Adjective)
  • The blond man’s hair was short. (Adjective)


    When referring to inanimate objects, default to using the masculine blond.

    The blond in this chair is beautiful.
    The blond table filled the kitchen.

    Summary

    The question of whether to use blonde or blond has a somewhat tricky answer.

    In British English, a distinction is made between the masculine blond and the feminine blonde for nouns and adjectives.

    In American English, a distinction is made between the masculine blond and the feminine blonde for nouns, but all adjectives use the masculine blond.

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