- any of a class of natural earths, mixtures of hydrated oxide of iron with various earthy materials, ranging in color from pale yellow to orange and red, and used as pigments.
- the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow.
- Obsolete. money, especially gold coin.
- of the color of ocher.
- to color or mark with ocher.
Origin of ocher
Examples from the Web for ochre
The ochre spaghetti you get looks steampunk, but tastes just fine.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison
June 21, 2014
Our guide, Mouha, glanced up at the trail that disappeared far into the ochre uplands.On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco
January 22, 2014
In this 1962 painting, called “Ochre and Black,” Gottlieb shows us pulling a face.AbEx with a Human Face
April 23, 2012
Every day I wrote with him, first in red, and then in ochre to give him a rest.Droozle
All were profusely painted with chalk, ochre, and vermilion.The War Trail
To-day, they wear the ochre helmet, and show the profiles of Saracen warriors.The New Book Of Martyrs
The houses are of all colours from ochre to gray, and all sizes, and all architectures.Through Arctic Lapland
These formulas, however, contained a small percentage of umber and ochre.Paint Technology and Tests
Henry A. Gardner
- any of various natural earths containing ferric oxide, silica, and alumina: used as yellow or red pigments
- a moderate yellow-orange to orange colour
- (as adjective)an ochre dress
- (tr) to colour with ochre
- the US spelling of ochre
Word Origin and History for ochre
type of clayey soil (much used in pigments), late 14c., from Old French ocre (c.1300) and directly from Late Latin ocra, from Latin ochra, from Greek ochra, from ochros "pale yellow," of unknown origin. As a color name, "brownish-yellow," it is attested from mid-15c. Related: Ochreous.