[ mon-uh-krohm ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌkroʊm /


a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.


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


mon·o·chro·mic, mon·o·chro·mi·cal, adjectivemon·o·chro·mi·cal·ly, adverbmon·o·chrom·ist, nounmon·o·chro·my, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for monochrome

/ (ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm) /


a black-and-white photograph or transparency
photog black and white
  1. a painting, drawing, etc, done in a range of tones of a single colour
  2. the technique or art of this
(modifier) executed in or resembling monochromea monochrome print


devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
Also called (for senses 3, 4): monotint

Derived forms of monochrome

monochromic or monochromical, adjectivemonochromist, noun

Word Origin for monochrome

C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
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