chrominance

[kroh-muh-nuh ns]
noun Optics.
  1. the difference in color quality between a color and a reference color that has an equal brightness and a specified chromaticity.

Origin of chrominance

First recorded in 1950–55; chrom- + (lum)inance
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British Dictionary definitions for chrominance

chrominance

noun
  1. the quality of light that causes the sensation of colour. It is determined by comparison with a reference source of the same brightness and of known chromaticity
  2. the information that defines the colour (hue and saturation) of a television image, but not the brightness

Word Origin for chrominance

C20: from chromo- + luminance
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