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:

MASCULINE
  • My brother is a blond.
  • My brother is a blonde.
  • My brothers are blonds.
  • My brothers are blondes.
FEMININE
  • The waitress is a blond.
  • The waitress is a blonde.
  • The waitresses are blonds.
  • The waitresses are blondes.
NEUTER (OR UNKNOWN)
  • 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:

MASCULINE
  • The blond waiter
  • The blonde waiter
  • The blond brothers
  • The blonde brothers
FEMININE
  • The blonde waitress
  • The blond waitress
  • The blonde sisters
  • The blond sisters
NEUTER (OR UNKNOWN)
  • The blonde teacher
  • The blond teacher
  • The blonde teachers
  • The blond teachers

A Quick Test

THE SAME RULES WOULD APPLY TO BRUNET AND BRUNETTE IF WE USED THE WORD TO DESCRIBE MALES (WHICH WE DON'T)

The same rules apply for brunet and brunette. However, as the term brunet is rarely used to describe males (people always use brown), only brunette is seen.