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chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile.
(of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium.
Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome.
verb (used with object), chromed, chrom·ing.
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Origin of chrome

1790–1800; <French <Greek chrôma color; (in defs. 1, 2, 6, 7) shortened form of chromium


mul·ti·chrome, nounun·chromed, adjective

Other definitions for chrome (2 of 2)


variant of chrom- as the final element of a compound word: polychrome.
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What does -chrome mean?

The combining form -chrome is used like a suffix to mean “color.” It is used in many medical and scientific terms, especially in biology and chemistry.

The form –chrome comes from the Greek chrôma, meaning “color” and is the source of the words chroma and chrome, among many others. The chemical element chromium is so named for colorful compounds the metal can form.

The form -chrome is a variant of chrom- used at the end of words or word elements. Chromo- is another variant of chrom-.

Want to know more? Read our Words That Use chrom- article. 

Closely related to -chrome are the combining forms chromato and chromat.

Examples of -chrome

One example of a word you may be familiar with that features -chrome is polychrome, meaning “being of many or various colors.”

The first part of the word, poly-, means “many.” The second part of the word, -chrome, means “color.” Polychrome literally translates to “many-colored.” Makes sense!

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The combining form hemo- is used as a prefix to mean “blood.” What does hemochrome literally mean?

How to use chrome in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chrome (1 of 2)

/ (krəʊm) /

  1. another word for chromium, esp when present in a pigment or dye
  2. (as modifier)a chrome dye
anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
a pigment or dye that contains chromium
to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning

Word Origin for chrome

C19: via French from Greek khrōma colour

British Dictionary definitions for chrome (2 of 2)


adj combining form, n combining form
colour, coloured, or pigmentmonochrome

Word Origin for -chrome

from Greek khrōma colour
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Medical definitions for chrome

[ krōm ]

Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.
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