[ three-kuhl-er ]
/ ˈθriˌkʌl ər /


having or characterized by the use of three colors.
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.

Nearby words

  1. three-base hit,
  2. three-birds,
  3. three-body problem,
  4. three-card monte,
  5. three-card trick,
  6. three-colour,
  7. three-cornered,
  8. three-d,
  9. three-day event,
  10. three-day measles

Origin of three-color

First recorded in 1890–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for three-color

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

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

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

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

    Photogravure|Henry R. Blaney