- 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
- the US spelling of ochre
- 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
Word Origin 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.