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hue1

[hyoo or, often, yoo]
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noun
  1. a gradation or variety of a color; tint: pale hues.
  2. the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
  3. color: all the hues of the rainbow.
  4. form or appearance.
  5. complexion.
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Origin of hue1

before 900; Middle English hewe, Old English hīw form, appearance, color; cognate with Old Norse hȳ bird's down, Swedish hy skin, complexion, Gothic hiwi form, appearance; akin to Old English hār gray (see hoar)
Related formshue·less, adjective
Can be confusedhew hue Hugh

hue2

[hyoo]
noun
  1. outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.
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Origin of hue2

1200–50; Middle English hu(e) < Middle French: a hoot, outcry (whence huer to hoot, cry out)

Hué

[hwey]
noun
  1. a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam.
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British Dictionary definitions for hue

hue

noun
  1. the attribute of colour that enables an observer to classify it as red, green, blue, purple, etc, and excludes white, black, and shades of greySee also colour
  2. a shade of a colour
  3. aspect; complexiona different hue on matters
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Word Origin

Old English hīw beauty; related to Old Norse fine hair, Gothic hiwi form

Hué

noun
  1. a port in central Vietnam, on the delta of the Hué River near the South China Sea: former capital of the kingdom of Annam, of French Indochina (1883–1946), and of Central Vietnam (1946–54). Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for hue

n.1

"color," Old English hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier heow, hiow, from Proto-Germanic *hiwam (cf. Old Norse hy "bird's down," Swedish hy "skin, complexion," Gothic hiwi "form, appearance"), from PIE *kei-, a color adjective of broad application (cf. Sanskrit chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor," Lithuanian šyvas "white"). A common word in Old English, squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by color, but revived 1850s in chemistry and chromatography.

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n.2

"a shouting," mid-13c., from Old French hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-French legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s.

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hue in Science

hue

[hyōō]
  1. The property of colors by which they are seen as ranging from red through orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, as determined by the dominant wavelength of the light. Compare saturation value.
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