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parti-colored

or par·ty-col·ored

[pahr-tee-kuhl-erd]
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adjective
  1. having different colors in different areas or patches; variegated: a parti-colored dress.
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Origin of parti-colored

1525–35; parti variegated < Middle FrenchLatin partītus divided, past participle of partīre to part. See party
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Related Words for parti-colored

spotted, checkered, motley, variegated, parti-colored, multicolored, piebald, multicolor, varicolored, versicolor, brindle, brindled, multihued, pied

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Historical Examples of parti-colored

  • She wears a knitted shawl and a parti-colored kerchief on her head.

    Hadda Padda

    Godmunder Kamban

  • Beside him came a dwarf, dressed in parti-colored brown and gold.

    Historic Girlhoods

    Rupert S. Holland

  • His system was not one of detached ideas or of parti-colored design.

  • He might have been a parti-colored pebble embedded in its matrix of sand.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • The shells of these eggs are pear-shaped, parti-colored, and very thick.

    In the Footprints of the Padres

    Charles Warren Stoddard


Word Origin and History for parti-colored

adj.

1530s, from party "divided," from French parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). The noun parti itself occurs in the sense "parti-colored" from late 14c.

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