Origins and meanings The word "blond" is first documented in English in  and derives from Old French blund, blont, meaning "a colour midway between golden and light chestnut ". The word "blond" has two possible origins. However, linguists who favor a Latin origin for the word say that Medieval Latin blundus was a vulgar pronunciation of Latin flavus , also meaning "yellow". Most authorities, especially French, attest to the Frankish origin. The word was reintroduced into English in the 17th century from French, and was for some time considered French; in French, "blonde" is a feminine adjective; it describes a woman with blond hair.