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having intense colour or richly varied colours
vivid, rich, or distinctive in character
Derived Forms
colourfully, adverb
colourfulness, noun
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  • Colourless jewels should adorn your perfect blond, colourful gems your glowing brunette.

    Woman as Decoration Emily Burbank
  • Flush, colourful cheeks, a light moustache, a grey fedora hat.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • The others gathered on the port side to gaze across the water at the crowded beach and the colourful maze of buildings.

    The Adventure Club Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Beautiful was the world, colourful was the world, strange and mysterious was the world!

    Siddhartha Herman Hesse
  • The colourful and graphic pictures make these histories beloved by all children whether they read the text or not.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik van Loon
  • I recommend this colourful fourteenth-century book to lovers of fantasy.

  • Mrs. Penny secured her needle, and put the colourful web aside.

    The Three Black Pennys Joseph Hergesheimer

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