[ hyoo or, often, yoo ]
See synonyms for hue on
  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.

  1. color: all the hues of the rainbow.

  2. form or appearance.

Origin of hue

First recorded 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)

Other words from hue

  • hueless, adjective

Words that may be confused with hue

Other definitions for hue (2 of 3)

[ hyoo ]

  1. outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.

Origin of hue

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

Other definitions for Hué (3 of 3)

[ hwey ]

  1. a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hue in a sentence

  • It always reminded me most of a fog at sea: a ship creeping "o'er the hueless, viewless deep."

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Colour began to steal into the hueless light; she could guess there in the East were cloud-wisps that caught the morning.

    Thorley Weir | E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
  • The last beams faded from that happy islet, leaving it dull and hueless in the midst of the sea.

    The Death of the Gods | Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • The valley of the Chagrin lay almost hueless in the cold sunshine.

    The Mormon Prophet | Lily Dougall
  • I fixed my eyes steadfastly on her face, which turned as hueless as marble.

British Dictionary definitions for hue (1 of 2)


/ (hjuː) /

  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 grey: See also colour

  2. a shade of a colour

  1. aspect; complexion: a different hue on matters

Origin of hue

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

British Dictionary definitions for Hué (2 of 2)


/ (French ɥe) /

  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)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for 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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