abounding in color: In their tartans, the Scots guard made a colorful array.
richly eventful or picturesque: a colorful historical period.
presenting or suggesting vivid or striking scenes: a colorful narrative.

Origin of colorful

First recorded in 1885–90; color + -ful
Related formscol·or·ful·ly, adverbcol·or·ful·ness, nounun·col·or·ful, adjective

Synonyms for colorful Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for colorful

1889, in figurative sense of "interesting," from color (n.) + -ful. Related: Colorfully.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper