verb (used with object), col·or-cod·ed, col·or-cod·ing.

to distinguish or classify with a color code.

Nearby words

  1. color taste,
  2. color temperature,
  3. color transparency,
  4. color wheel,
  5. color-blind,
  6. color-coded,
  7. color-coordinated,
  8. color-key,
  9. color.,
  10. colorable

Origin of color-code

First recorded in 1955–60

color code


any system of marking or visual designation that uses specific colors for indicating or simplifying, as on a chart or map or in an industrial plant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019