Blond or Blonde?

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
What is the difference between blond and blonde?


Blond is a noun meaning a fair-haired male.
Blond is also an adjective used to describe anybody with fair hair (a male, a female, something neuter (mannequin), or a group (team, sisters)).


Blonde is a noun meaning a fair-haired female.
Blonde is also an adjective used to describe a female (or females) with fair hair. (Note: The adjective blond can be used for this too.)
Writers are often unsure whether to use blond or blonde.

Blond or Blonde (As a Noun)

As a noun, blonde denotes a female. For everything else use blond.

For example:

  • My brother is a blond.
  • My brother is a blonde.
  • My brothers are blonds.
  • My brothers are blondes.
  • The waitress is a blond.
  • The waitress is a blonde.
  • The waitresses are blonds.
  • The waitresses are blondes.
  • The teacher is a blond.
  • The teacher is a blonde.
  • The teachers are blondes.
  • The teachers are blonds.

Blond or Blonde (As an Adjective)

As an adjective, blond is always correct. It can be used to describe males (e.g., man, king), females (e.g., duchess, actress), neuter objects (e.g., mannequin, toy), and plurals (e.g. men, kings, mannequins, duchesses, children).

However, to showcase your grammar skills, you can use blonde as an adjective to describe singular or plural females (e.g., girl, girls, sister, sisters).

For example:

  • The blond waiter
  • The blonde waiter
  • The blond brothers
  • The blonde brothers
  • The blonde waitress
  • The blond waitress
  • The blonde sisters
  • The blond sisters
  • The blonde teacher
  • The blond teacher
  • The blonde teachers
  • The blond teachers
Interactive Exercise
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