Complete Definition of "color"

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English

Alternative spellings
colour (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand)

Pronunciation
AHD|/kŭl'ər/
IPA|/ˈkʌlə/
SAMPA|"[email protected]
audio|en-us-color.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ʌlə(r)|-ʌlə(r)

Etymology
From Old French coulour, from Latin color. See usage note below.

Noun
en-noun US

  1. The spectral composition of visible light.

#: Humans and birds can perceive color.

  1. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class.

#: Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.

  1. Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and greys).

#: He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color".

  1. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.

#: Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

  1. figuratively interest, especially in a selective area.

#: a bit of local color.

  1. In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analyists.

#: Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?

  1. physics A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.

color-colour (noun)

Adjective
en-adj|- US

  1. Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.

#: Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.

Translations
trans-top|conveying color
Danish: farve-
French: en couleur
Hebrew: צבעוני (tziv'ony) m, צבעונית (tziv'onyt) f
trans-mid
Japanese: —色の (—iro no)
Mandarin: 彩色 (cǎisè)
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Verb
en-verb US

  1. To give something color.

#: We could color the walls red.

  1. To draw within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.

#: My kindergartener loves to color.

  1. context|of a face To become red through increased blood flow.
  2. To affect without completely changing.

#: That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.

  1. To attribute a quality to.

#: (colloquial) Color me confused.

color-colour (verb)

Usage notes
The late Anglo-French colour, which is the standard UK spelling, has been the usual spelling in Britain since the 14th century and was chosen by w:Samuel Johnson|Dr. Johnson's w:A Dictionary of the English Language|Dictionary of the English Language (1755) along with other Anglo-French spellings such as favour, honour, etc. The Latin spelling color was occasionally used from the 15th century onward, mainly due to Latin influence; it was lemmatized by w:Noah Webster|Webster's w:Webster's Dictionary|American Dictionary of the English Language (1828), along with favor, honor, etc., and is currently the standard U.S. spelling.

In Canada, colour is preferred, but color is not unknown; in Australia, -our endings are the standard, although -or endings had some currency in the past and are still sporadically found in some regions.

References
The Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989), s.v. colour, color, n.<sup>1</sup>
Webster's Third New International Dictionary (1961; repr. 2002), p. 24a.
Pam Peters, The Cambridge Guide to English Usage (2004), pp. 397-398.

Related terms
:See Appendix:Colors|Appendix:Colors
color charge
color commentator
colored
colors
in color
off-color
color-blind


Italian

Noun
color m inv

  1. apocopic form of|colore|lang=Italian

Latin

Noun
la-noun|color|coloris|coloris|m|third

  1. color

Spanish

Noun
es-noun-m|pl=colores

  1. color, hue
  2. rouge (cosmetics)
  3. pretext, motive, reason
  4. character
  5. side, party, faction
  6. race, ethnicity
  7. (poker) flush

Related terms
colorado
colorar
colorear
colorir
descolorar
incoloro

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