1. having or characterized by the use of three colors.
  2. noting or pertaining to a photomechanical process for making reproductions of paintings, artwork, etc., usually by making three printing plates, each corresponding to a primary color, by the halftone process, and printing superimposed impressions from these plates in three correspondingly colored inks.

Origin of three-color

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for three-color

Historical Examples of three-color

  • The results, in all cases, are produced from three-color negatives.


    Henry R. Blaney

  • The three-color stripes in the 16- lot were similarly difficult to match with the samples in the Dictionary.

  • The three-color process aims to reproduce all colors in three printings, by using inks of red, yellow, and blue.

  • Chrome-Gelatine is a perfected modification of the three-color printing process.


    Henry R. Blaney