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.

Origin of chrome

1790–1800; < French < Greek chrôma color; (in defs 1, 2, 6, 7) shortened form of chromium
Related formsmul·ti·chrome, nounun·chromed, adjective


variant of chrom- as the final element of a compound word: polychrome. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chrome

Contemporary Examples of chrome

Historical Examples of chrome

  • Mr. Chrome took Paul in his arms, and lifted him into it as if he was but a child.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • Mr. Chrome, who loved to hunt and fish, brought quails and pigeons.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • Paul was on his way to Mr. Chrome's shop, to begin work for the day.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • Like the chrome molybdate it would be superfluous as a pigment.

  • Chrome listened placidly and without impatience of any kind.

    Under Fire

    Charles King

British Dictionary definitions for chrome



  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


adj combining form, n combining form

colour, coloured, or pigmentmonochrome

Word Origin for -chrome

from Greek khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for chrome

1800, "chromium," from French chrome, the name proposed by Fourcroy and Haüy for a new element, from Greek khroma "color" (see chroma); so called because it makes colorful compounds. The name was given to the metallic element now known as chromium (which had been isolated 1798 by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin); it continued in commercial use in English for "chrome steel" (steel with 2 percent or so chrome) after the chemical name was changed internationally. As a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937. Related: Chromic.

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chrome in Medicine




Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.
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