- 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.
- nature, viewpoint, or attitude; character; personality: His behavior in a crisis revealed his true colors.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to blush as from embarrassment.
- to turn pale, as from fear: When he saw the size of his opponent, he changed color.
Origin of color
Synonyms for color
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Contemporary Examples of colors
It treats touchscreens and TV programs as just one more way to introduce toddlers to animals, colors, and other concepts.Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV: The New Rules for Screen Time
December 26, 2014
With the first set I did, the colors of the couch determined that the rest of it would be blue and yellow and white.#Setinthestreet: Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project
December 24, 2014
Family crests and nicknames are stitched into headrests, colors are specified for seat stitching, veneers are chosen for the dash.Behind the Wheel of the Bespoke Bentley
October 27, 2014
Each room wound up being a work of art—beautiful unto itself with its combination of colors and artifacts.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West coordinate their colors and cuts all the time.Couples Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye
July 15, 2014
Historical Examples of colors
She will agree that I know when colors are right and a thing is artistic.Her Father's Daughter
His technique was faulty, his colors daring, perhaps—but his triumph was for that the greater.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
It is the mind after all that really sees, shapes, and colors all things.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The elves, and nixies and sprites, of all colors and many forms were on hand.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The colors of things began to appear, out of the gray of night.Ramuntcho
"flag of a regiment or ship" 1580s, from color (n.).
early 13c., "skin color, complexion," from Old French color "color, complexion, appearance" (Modern French couleur), from Latin color "color of the skin; color in general, hue; appearance," from Old Latin colos, originally "a covering" (akin to celare "to hide, conceal"), from PIE root *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell).
For sense evolution, cf. Sanskrit varnah "covering, color," related to vrnoti "covers," and also see chroma. Meaning "visible color, color of something" is attested in English from c.1300. As "color as a property of things," from late 14c. Old English words for "color" were hiw ("hue"), bleo.
A Closer Look: When beams of colored light are mixed, or added, their wavelengths combine to form other colors. All spectral colors can be formed by mixing wavelengths corresponding to the additive primaries red, green, and blue. When two of the additive primaries are mixed in equal proportion, they form the complement of the third. Thus cyan (a mixture of green and blue) is the complement of red; magenta (a mixture of blue and red) is the complement of green; and yellow (a mixture of red and green) is the complement of blue. Mixing the three additive primaries in equal proportions reconstitutes white light. When light passes through a color filter, certain wavelengths are absorbed, or subtracted, while others are transmitted. The subtractive primaries cyan, magenta, and yellow can be combined using overlapping filters to form all other colors. When two of the subtractive primaries are combined in equal proportion, they form the additive primary whose wavelength they share. Thus overlapping filters of cyan (blue and green) and magenta (blue and red) filter out all wavelengths except blue; magenta (blue and red) and yellow (red and green) transmit only red; and yellow (red and green) and cyan (blue and green) transmit only green. Combining all three subtractive primaries in equal proportions filters out all wavelengths, producing black. Light striking a colored surface behaves similarly to light passing through a filter, with certain wavelengths being absorbed and others reflected. Pigments are combined to form different colors by a process of subtractive absorption of various wavelengths.
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