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monochrome

[mon-uh-krohm]
noun
  1. a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
  2. the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
  3. the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.
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adjective
  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.
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Origin of monochrome

From the Medieval Latin word monochrōma, dating back to 1655–65. See mono-, -chrome
Related formsmon·o·chro·mic, mon·o·chro·mi·cal, adjectivemon·o·chro·mi·cal·ly, adverbmon·o·chrom·ist, nounmon·o·chro·my, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monochromic

monochrome

noun
  1. a black-and-white photograph or transparency
  2. 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
  3. (modifier) executed in or resembling monochromea monochrome print
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adjective
  1. devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
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Also called (for senses 3, 4): monotint
Derived Formsmonochromic or monochromical, adjectivemonochromist, noun

Word Origin for monochrome

C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
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Word Origin and History for monochromic

monochrome

n.

1660s, "painting or drawing done in different tints of a single color," from Greek monochromos "of a single color," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, skin" (see chroma). As an adjective from 1849. Photographic sense is recorded from 1940.

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