[kuhl-uh-rey-shuh n]


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

Origin of coloration

First recorded in 1605–15; color + -ation
Related formscol·o·ra·tion·al, adjectivecol·o·ra·tion·al·ly, adverbde·col·or·a·tion, nouno·ver·col·or·a·tion, nounpre·col·or·a·tion, nounre·col·or·a·tion, nountrans·col·or·a·tion, noun



verb (used with object)

to remove the color from; deprive of color; bleach.
Also especially British, de·col·our.

Origin of decolor

1400–50; late Middle English decolouren < Latin dēcolōrāre, equivalent to dē- de- + colōrāre to color
Related formsde·col·or·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of decoloration

British Dictionary definitions for decoloration




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 decoloration



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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