Origin of chromo

by shortening; cf. -o


  1. variant of chrom- before a consonant: chromophore. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for chromo

Historical Examples of chromo

  • After that, we considered it merely in the light of a chromo.

    A Jolly Fellowship

    Frank R. Stockton

  • "You tell him we ought to have a chromo," returned Mings, with a foolish grin.

    Motor Matt's Clue

    Stanley R. Matthews

  • These two awful inventions are to music what the chromo is to painting.

  • There were a lot of mushroom millionaires who couldn't tell a chromo from a Gérôme.


    James Huneker

  • All sized and chromo papers may be varnished without preparation.

British Dictionary definitions for chromo


noun plural -mos
  1. short for chromolithograph


before a vowel chrom-

combining form
  1. indicating colour, coloured, or pigmentchromogen
  2. indicating chromiumchromyl

Word Origin for chromo-

from Greek khrōma colour
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chromo in Medicine


  1. Color:chromogenesis.
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