monochrome

[ mon-uh-krohm ]
/ ˈmɒn əˌkroʊm /

noun

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.

adjective

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

Related forms

mon·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

/ (ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm) /

noun

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

adjective

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

Derived Forms

monochromic or monochromical, adjectivemonochromist, noun

Word Origin for monochrome

C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
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