hue

1
[ hyoo or, often, yoo ]
/ hyu or, often, yu /
|

noun

a gradation or variety of a color; tint: pale hues.
the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
color: all the hues of the rainbow.
form or appearance.

Nearby words

  1. hudson's bay company,
  2. hudson, henry,
  3. hudson, william henry,
  4. hudsonian godwit,
  5. hudud,
  6. hue and cry,
  7. huebnerite,
  8. hued,
  9. hueless,
  10. huelva

Origin of hue

1
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

hue

2
[ hyoo ]
/ hyu /

noun

outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.

Origin of hue

2
1200–50; Middle English hu(e) < Middle French: a hoot, outcry (whence huer to hoot, cry out)

Hué

[ hwey ]
/ ʰweɪ /

noun

a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam.
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British Dictionary definitions for hues

hue

/ (hjuː) /

noun

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
a shade of a colour
aspect; complexiona different hue on matters

Word Origin for hue

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

Hué

/ (French ɥe) /

noun

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 hues
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for hues

hue

[ hyōō ]

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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