[kroh-mat-iks, kruh-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the science of colors.

Origin of chromatics

First recorded in 1700–10; see origin at chromatic, -ics
Also called chromatology.
Related formschro·ma·tist [kroh-muh-tist] /ˈkroʊ mə tɪst/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chromatics

Historical Examples of chromatics

  • Chromatics, like little tongues of flame, appear in the accompaniment.

  • Again he becomes almost modern in his employment of chromatics.

    How Music Developed

    W. J. Henderson

  • And she ran up her chromatics in a voice rich and strong and clear.

    The Doctor

    Ralph Connor

  • She weeps and wails in chromatics and scales that quite touch Arsaces.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

  • It rides over and under and around hurricanes of chromatics and tremolos.

    Stars of the Opera

    Mabel Wagnalls

British Dictionary definitions for chromatics


chromatology (ˌkrəʊməˈtɒlədʒɪ)


(functioning as singular) the science of colour
Derived Formschromatist (ˈkrəʊmətɪst) or chromatologist, noun
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