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hue

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[ hyoo or, often, yoo ]
/ hyu or, often, yu /
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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.
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Origin of hue

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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

hew, hue

Other definitions for hue (2 of 3)

hue2
[ hyoo ]
/ hyu /

noun
outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.

Origin of hue

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

Other definitions for hue (3 of 3)

Hué
[ hwey ]
/ ʰweɪ /

noun
a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam.
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British Dictionary definitions for hue (1 of 2)

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

British Dictionary definitions for hue (2 of 2)

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)
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

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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