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Monday, February 21, 2011

Blond(s) vs. Blonde(s)

The difference between “blond” and “blonde” has escaped me for many years now. Finally, I looked it up and the difference will never me. It also makes for a good discussion/argument (depends on how you look at it or how defensive someone gets) in creative writing classes.

So, I digress…

“Blond” and “blonde” are spelled differently because they have two different meanings.

Refers to the color! People have “blond” hair, golden retrievers have “blond” fur, that paint looks “blond,” etc.

Refers specifically to a female with blond hair. Therefore, my cousin is a “blonde” because she has blond hair.

Here’s the catch…
A male with blond hair is a “blond.” “Blonde” only is used when referring to females.

What if it's plural?
From what I have seen. If you are making it plural. You use "blonds" when referring to a group of males and "blondes" when referring to a group of females, or a group of males and females.
Because of the female/male catch, some people believe that “blonde” is a sexist term and will not use that spelling. They spell everything as “blond.” So, I guess, if you are ever unsure, just use “blond” in all instances. However, if you want to be technically correct, differentiate appropriately.

The end!!!


  1. I never knew this. I would usually just write the e just because I like adding extra letters to words. Thanks for the knowledge :-)

  2. Wow! This is fascinating stuff AubrieAnne! I never the difference between blond and blonde. I showed Moana and she was very surprised. Thanks for sharing : )

  3. Awesome, didn't know this. I always thought it might be another of those pesky spelling difference between English US and English UK.
    Thanks for this :)

  4. I didn't know this until last year when I had reason to look it up because t was in a novel I was reading. I always used to use the sexist version (before I knew it was sexist and there was an alternative spelling). English language is just too much sometimes. ;D Shah .X

  5. Probably comes from French, where adding an "e" would make it feminine. I don't see how using "blonde" is sexist. I could just as easily say that using "blond" exclusively is even more sexist as it is the male term being applied to both genders.

  6. I didn't know that! Learn something new every day :)

    Happy Monday!

  7. Ooops, I've been using 'blonde' only. I guess that's me, being a brunette again! Thanks for the heads up!

  8. Aubrie, first off I heart & miss you! I never knew the difference. I've actually never seen the spelling without an e. I always thought it was missing an e if I saw it like that!! :) Thanks for sharing this, I learned something new today.

    You rock and I hope school is not stressing you out!


  9. Hey Aubrie! I love the random things you write about sometimes, though it always seems to be so relevant!! For instance, I never thought about it in that way :-) Thanks for the info, as usual!!


    The Creative Muslimah @ www.thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com

  10. Very interesting I have always spelled it with an "e" gonna have to re think my approach
    Thanks for the spelling lesson! You learn something new everyday

  11. Toeveryone...Haha! Ever since I wrote this I have been noting this word in EVERYTHING I read. It's crazy. So far, it's been used pretty properly too. Keep all the good work lovely people!

  12. Awesome! Thank you for the clarity!

  13. I believe this also applies to which country you are in...as for many in the U.S. and Canada, there is not a different spelling for each gender. I believe the gender-specific spelling applies principally in England...here is a link that describes this more...http://grammarist.com/usage/blond-blonde/


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