the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.
the natural appearance of the skin, especially of the face; complexion: She has a lovely color.
a ruddy complexion: The wind and sun had given color to the sailor's face.
a blush: His remarks brought the color to her face.
vivid or distinctive quality, as of a literary work: Melville's description of a whaling voyage is full of color.
details in description, customs, speech, habits, etc., of a place or period: The novel takes place in New Orleans and contains much local color.
background information, as anecdotes about players or competitors or analyses of plays, strategy, or performance, given by a sportscaster to heighten interest in a sportscast.
any distinctive color or combination or pattern of colors, especially of a badge, ribbon, uniform, or the like, worn or displayed as a symbol of or to identify allegiance to, membership in, or sponsorship by a school, group, or organization.
a flag, ensign, etc., particularly the national flag.
U.S. Navy. the ceremony of hoisting the national flag at 8 a.m. and of lowering it at sunset.
skin complexion as a characteristic of a particular people or ethnic group, especially when other than white: one's religion and color;a person of color;people of color;a man of color;alumni of color;children of color.
outward appearance or aspect; guise or show: It was a lie, but it had the color of the truth.
a pretext: She did it under the color of doing a good deed.
Painting. the general use or effect of the pigments in a picture.
Chiefly Law. an apparent or prima facie right or ground: to hold possession under color of title.
Music. tone color.
a trace or particle of valuable mineral, especially gold, as shown by washing auriferous gravel.
Printing. the amount of ink used.
Heraldry. a tincture other than a fur or metal, usually including gules, azure, vert, sable, and purpure.
involving, utilizing, yielding, or possessing color: a color TV.
to cause to appear different from the reality: In order to influence the jury, he colored his account of what had happened.
to give a special character or distinguishing quality to: His personal feelings color his writing.
Idioms about color
call to the colors, to summon for service in the armed forces: Thousands are being called to the colors.
to blush as from embarrassment.
to turn pale, as from fear: When he saw the size of his opponent, he changed color.
of color, belonging to a racial or ethnic group that is not white and generally not associated with European descent or not characterized by slight or light pigmentation of the skin; nonwhite: Women of color have higher gendered wage gaps than white women.The program is aimed at supporting children of color with an interest in acting.People of color are often underrepresented in the sciences.
with flying colors. flying colors (def. 2).
- Also especially British, col·our .
- col·or·er, noun
- o·ver·col·or, verb
- pre·col·or, noun, verb
- re·col·or, verb (used with object)
- trans·col·or, adjective
- un·der·col·or, noun
Other definitions for color. (2 of 2)
(in prescriptions) let it be colored.
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How to use color in a sentence
Even other men of color considered Revels a curious figure, for Mississippi had never had a large free black population.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate | Philip Dray | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Similarly, a recent NPR report covered the challenges many police departments are having recruiting officers of color.
The losers have always been children in poverty, children of color, and children with disabilities.The ‘No Child’ Rewrite Threatens Your Kids’ Future | Jonah Edelman | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
In Brazil people color code their underwear according to their needs.
She says that every film she makes, she has to hit someone—The color Purple, The Butler, and Selma.Ava DuVernay on ‘Selma,’ the Racist Sony Emails, and Making Golden Globes History | Marlow Stern | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The pink flowers are the largest while those of a yellow color are the smallest.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
She was growing accustomed to like shocks, but she could not keep the mounting color back from her cheeks.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Her attachment to impressionism leads this artist to many experiments in color—or, as one critic wrote, "to play with color."Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
They are succeeded by kidney shaped capsules of a brown color.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for color
the US spelling of colour
- colorable, adjective
- colorer, noun
- colorful, adjective
- coloring, noun
- colorist, noun
- colorless, adjective
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Scientific definitions for color
The sensation produced by the effect of light waves striking the retina of the eye. The color of something depends mainly on which wavelengths of light it emits, reflects, or transmits.
Color charge. See also hadron.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with color
In addition to the idiom beginning with color
- color of someone's money, see the
- false colors
- horse of a different color
- lend color to
- look through rose-colored glasses
- under false colors
- with flying colors
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