- a gradation or variety of a color; tint: pale hues.
- the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
- color: all the hues of the rainbow.
- form or appearance.
Origin of hue1
- outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.
Origin of hue2
- a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam.
Examples from the Web for hues
Growing American operations on the ground paint a different picture—one with Iranian hues.America Has an Unannounced ISIS Strategy, And It Involves Iran
September 6, 2014
The plumage, once shining with hues direct from heaven, is soiled and bedraggled.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
There is then no limit to the multitude, and no check to the intensity of the hues assumed.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nor was their horrible beauty confined to their hues of fire.The Universal Reciter
It flooded everything about her, and bathed the world in other hues than the old time.The Shadow of a Crime
- the attribute of colour that enables an observer to classify it as red, green, blue, purple, etc, and excludes white, black, and shades of greySee also colour
- a shade of a colour
- aspect; complexiona different hue on matters
- a port in central Vietnam, on the delta of the Hué River near the South China Sea: former capital of the kingdom of Annam, of French Indochina (1883–1946), and of Central Vietnam (1946–54). Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
Word Origin and History for hues
"color," Old English hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier heow, hiow, from Proto-Germanic *hiwam (cf. Old Norse hy "bird's down," Swedish hy "skin, complexion," Gothic hiwi "form, appearance"), from PIE *kei-, a color adjective of broad application (cf. Sanskrit chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor," Lithuanian šyvas "white"). A common word in Old English, squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by color, but revived 1850s in chemistry and chromatography.
"a shouting," mid-13c., from Old French hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-French legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s.