Origin of yellows
- of the color yellow.
- Disparaging and Offensive.
- designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples.
- designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, especially of black and white heritage.
- having a sallow or yellowish complexion.
- Informal. cowardly.
- (of a newspaper, book, etc.) featuring articles, pictures, or other content that is sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so: yellow rags; yellow biographies.
- dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism, as in yellow journalism; yellow press.
- jealous; envious.
- to make or become yellow: Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.
Origin of yellow
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Examples from the Web for yellows
There were bright greens, yellows, oranges, and reds -- all marching down the runway.Ralph Lauren Spring Summer 2014: Black, White, and Bright
September 12, 2013
Lawrence Osborne on the tragedy and surreal beauty of the political battle between the opposing Yellows and Reds.Thailand on the Brink
April 26, 2010
Everywhere there were yellows and reds and the silver sheen of the roads.
All these yellows are duller at the horizon than a little way above.The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men
Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Below him, a great curving disk of reds and browns and yellows.The Hills of Home
On the whole, the palette cannot be considered so well furnished with reds as with yellows.Field's Chromatography
He saw the leaves a glossy brown, or glowing in reds or yellows.The Eyes of the Woods
Joseph A. Altsheler
- any of various fungal or viral diseases of plants, characterized by yellowish discoloration and stunting
- vet science another name for jaundice
- any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same hue. They lie in the approximate wavelength range 585–575 nanometres. Yellow is the complementary colour of blue and with cyan and magenta forms a set of primary coloursRelated adjective: xanthous
- a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
- yellow cloth or clothingdressed in yellow
- the yolk of an egg
- a yellow ball in snooker, etc
- any of a group of pieridine butterflies the males of which have yellow or yellowish wings, esp the clouded yellows (Colias spp.) and the brimstone
- of the colour yellow
- yellowish in colour or having parts or marks that are yellowishyellow jasmine
- having a yellowish skin; Mongoloid
- informal cowardly or afraid
- offensively sensational, as a cheap newspaper (esp in the phrase yellow press)
- to make or become yellow
Word Origin and History for yellows
"to become yellow," Old English geoluwian, from the source of yellow (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.
Old English geolu, geolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Middle Dutch ghele, Dutch geel, Middle High German gel, German gelb, Old Norse gulr, Swedish gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).
Meaning "light-skinned" (of blacks) first recorded 1808. Applied to Asiatics since 1787, though the first recorded reference is to Turkish words for inhabitants of India. Yellow peril translates German die gelbe gefahr. Sense of "cowardly" is 1856, of unknown origin; the color was traditionally associated rather with treachery. Yellow-bellied "cowardly" is from 1924, probably a rhyming reduplication of yellow; earlier yellow-belly was a sailor's name for a half-caste (1867) and a Texas term for Mexican soldiers (1842, based on the color of their uniforms). Yellow dog "mongrel" is attested from c.1770; slang sense of "contemptible person" first recorded 1881. Yellow fever attested from 1748, American English (jaundice is a symptom).
- Any of various plant diseases characterized by yellowish discoloration and often by wilting, deformation, and stunted growth. Yellows may be caused by phytoplasmas, by ascomycete fungi of the genus Fusarium, or by a virus, especially of the genus Chlorogenus.