[ kuhl-er ]

noun, adjective, verb (used with or without object)Chiefly British.

usage note For colour

See -or1.

Other words from colour

  • trans·col·our, adjective

Words Nearby colour Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use colour in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colour


US color

/ (ˈkʌlə) /

    • an attribute of things that results from the light they reflect, transmit, or emit in so far as this light causes a visual sensation that depends on its wavelengths

    • the aspect of visual perception by which an observer recognizes this attribute

    • the quality of the light producing this aspect of visual perception

    • (as modifier): colour vision

  1. Also called: chromatic colour

    • a colour, such as red or green, that possesses hue, as opposed to achromatic colours such as white or black

    • (as modifier): a colour television; a colour film Compare black-and-white (def. 2)

  1. a substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts colour to something

    • the skin complexion of a person, esp as determined by his race

    • (as modifier): colour prejudice; colour problem

  2. the use of all the hues in painting as distinct from composition, form, and light and shade

  3. the quantity and quality of ink used in a printing process

  4. the distinctive tone of a musical sound; timbre

  5. vividness, authenticity, or individuality: period colour

  6. semblance or pretext (esp in the phrases take on a different colour, under colour of)

  7. US a precious mineral particle, esp gold, found in auriferous gravel

  8. physics one of three characteristics of quarks, designated red, blue, or green, but having no relationship with the physical sensation

  1. to give or apply colour to (something)

  2. (tr) to give a convincing or plausible appearance to (something, esp to that which is spoken or recounted): to colour an alibi

  1. (tr) to influence or distort (something, esp a report or opinion): anger coloured her judgment

  2. (intr often foll by up) to become red in the face, esp when embarrassed or annoyed

  3. (intr) (esp of ripening fruit) to change hue

Origin of colour

C13: from Old French colour from Latin color tint, hue

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