- chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile.
- (of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium.
- Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome.
Origin of chrome
- another word for chromium, esp when present in a pigment or dye
- (as modifier)a chrome dye
- anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
- a pigment or dye that contains chromium
- to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
- to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning
Word Origin for chrome
1800, "chromium," from French chrome, the name proposed by Fourcroy and Haüy for a new element, from Greek khroma "color" (see chroma); so called because it makes colorful compounds. The name was given to the metallic element now known as chromium (which had been isolated 1798 by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin); it continued in commercial use in English for "chrome steel" (steel with 2 percent or so chrome) after the chemical name was changed internationally. As a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937. Related: Chromic.
- Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.