[ kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkʌl əˈreɪ ʃən /


appearance with regard to color arrangement or use of colors; coloring: the bold coloration of some birds.

Nearby words

  1. colorado tick fever,
  2. colorado tick fever virus,
  3. colorado topaz,
  4. coloradoite,
  5. colorant,
  6. coloration, protective,
  7. coloratura,
  8. colorature,
  9. colorbearer,
  10. colorblind

Origin of coloration

First recorded in 1605–15; color + -ation

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coloration

British Dictionary definitions for coloration



/ (ˌkʌləˈreɪʃən) /


arrangement of colour and tones; colouring
the colouring or markings of insects, birds, etcSee also apatetic, aposematic, cryptic
unwanted extraneous variations in the frequency response of a loudspeaker or listening environment
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Word Origin and History for coloration



1620s, from French coloration (16c.), from Late Latin colorationem (nominative coloratio) "act or fact of coloring," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin colorare "to color, to get tanned," from color (see color (n.)).

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