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monochrome

[mon-uh-krohm] /ˈmɒn əˌkroʊm/
noun
1.
a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
2.
the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
3.
the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.
adjective
4.
being or made in the shades of a single color:
a blue monochrome seascape.
5.
having the images reproduced in tones of gray:
monochrome television.
Origin of monochrome
1655-1665
From the Medieval Latin word monochrōma, dating back to 1655-65. See mono-, -chrome
Related forms
monochromic, monochromical, adjective
monochromically, adverb
monochromist, noun
monochromy, noun
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  • The monotone of the wind and the monochrome of the sky oppress him.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • All the illustrations, both autochrome and monochrome, are the work of Mr. Coburn.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson
  • While some of the works were executed in brilliant colours, most of them were in monochrome.

    Cathedral Cities of France Herbert Marshall
  • Unfortunately, not having the originals, I can only give them in monochrome.

  • The landscape beneath it is not the monochrome picture most of us associate with moonlight.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • But in monochrome painting from the cast it is of very little service.

  • The monochrome of gold behind the gables was drifting into color.

    Kenny

    Leona Dalrymple
British Dictionary definitions for monochrome

monochrome

/ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm/
noun
1.
a black-and-white photograph or transparency
2.
(photog) black and white
3.
  1. a painting, drawing, etc, done in a range of tones of a single colour
  2. the technique or art of this
4.
(modifier) executed in or resembling monochrome: a monochrome print
adjective
5.
devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
Also called (for senses 3, 4) monotint
Derived Forms
monochromic, monochromical, adjective
monochromist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
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Word Origin and History for monochrome
n.

1660s, "painting or drawing done in different tints of a single color," from Greek monochromos "of a single color," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, skin" (see chroma). As an adjective from 1849. Photographic sense is recorded from 1940.

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