[ mon-uh-krohm ]
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  1. a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.

  2. the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.

  1. the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.

  1. being or made in the shades of a single color: a blue monochrome seascape.

  2. having the images reproduced in tones of gray: monochrome television.

Origin of monochrome

From the Medieval Latin word monochrōma, dating back to 1655–65. See mono-, -chrome

Other words from monochrome

  • mon·o·chro·mic, mon·o·chro·mi·cal, adjective
  • mon·o·chro·mi·cal·ly, adverb
  • mon·o·chrom·ist, noun
  • mon·o·chro·my, noun

Words Nearby monochrome Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use monochrome in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for monochrome


/ (ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm) /

  1. a black-and-white photograph or transparency

  2. photog black and white

    • a painting, drawing, etc, done in a range of tones of a single colour

    • the technique or art of this

  1. (modifier) executed in or resembling monochrome: a monochrome print

  1. devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics

Origin of monochrome

C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
  • Also called (for senses 3, 4): monotint

Derived forms of monochrome

  • monochromic or monochromical, adjective
  • monochromist, noun

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