On the Fischer–Saller scale, blond color ranges from A (light blond) to O (dark blond).
It gradually eclipsed the native term "fair", of same meaning, from Old English fæġer, causing "fair" later to become a general term for "light complexioned".
Arkansas's Attorney General was determined to get the execution underway before the warrant expired at midnight.
But the US Supreme Court refused to overrule the state Supreme Court's decision to uphold a stay of execution granted on Saturday.
Most authorities, especially French, attest the Frankish origin.
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This earlier use of "fair" survives in the proper name Fairfax, from Old English fæġer-feahs meaning "blond hair".