or om·bré

[ om-brey ]
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  1. having a pattern in which colors or tones fade into one another: Her ombre hair goes from brown at the top to bleached blond at the bottom. The dress has an ombre effect with various intensities of purple fading to white.

Origin of ombre

First recorded in 1840–45; from French ombré “shadowed, shaded,” past participle of ombrer, from Italian ombrare “to cover in shadow” (in painting); see origin at umber, umbra

Words that may be confused with ombre

Words Nearby ombre Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use ombre in a sentence

  • Livia turned to a French gentleman of her court, M. de St. ombre, and pursued a conversation.

  • M. de St. ombre said, and took the hint of Livia's touch on his arm in the dark.

  • Les murailles se rejoignent au-dessus des alles et les enveloppent d'une ombre frache et mystrieuse.

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  • Rodin should have placed his Thinker here: Le Penseur aurait t au diapason dans cette crypt; cette ombre immense laurait fortifi!

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  • "Our hostess looks very pale," whispered the Marquis de Morac to his partner at ombre.

British Dictionary definitions for ombre


US omber

/ (ˈɒmbə) /

  1. an 18th-century card game

Origin of ombre

C17: from Spanish hombre man, referring to the player who attempts to win the stakes

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