[ kroh-mat-ik, kruh- ]
/ kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə- /


pertaining to color or colors.
  1. involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
  2. progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.

Origin of chromatic

1590–1600; < Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos -ic

Related forms

chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·chro·mat·ic, adjectivenon·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·chro·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chromatic


/ (krəˈmætɪk) /


of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
  1. involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
  2. of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing ita chromatic harmonica
  3. of or relating to chromaticismCompare diatonic

Derived Forms

chromatically, adverbchromaticism, noun

Word Origin for chromatic

C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour
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Medicine definitions for chromatic


[ krō-mătĭk ]


Relating to color or colors.
Produced by or made in a color or colors.
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Science definitions for chromatic


[ krō-mătĭk ]

Relating to color or colors.
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