[ kroh-mat-iks, kruh- ]

noun(used with a singular verb)
  1. the science of colors.

Origin of chromatics

First recorded in 1700–10; see origin at chromatic, -ics

Other words from chromatics

  • chro·ma·tist [kroh-muh-tist], /ˈkroʊ mə tɪst/, noun

Words Nearby chromatics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chromatics in a sentence

  • It began on a high note, descending in weird chromatics to the lowest tone the human ear could resolve.

    The Door Through Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • They made themselves a bed of leaves and lay down; but the chromatics made such a noise that they could not go to sleep.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book | Maurice Baring
  • He would not dare keep her in his castle, because the chromatics are such gossips that the whole kingdom would know it at once.

    The Blue Rose Fairy Book | Maurice Baring
  • They form a refinement in chromatics based, as at present appears, on the whole-tone scale.

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

British Dictionary definitions for chromatics


chromatology (ˌkrəʊməˈtɒlədʒɪ)

/ (krəʊˈmætɪks) /

  1. (functioning as singular) the science of colour

Derived forms of chromatics

  • chromatist (ˈkrəʊmətɪst) or chromatologist, noun

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