having various colors; variegated; motley: a varicolored print.

Origin of varicolored

First recorded in 1655–65; vari(ous) + colored Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for varicolored

Historical Examples of varicolored

  • The surface of the river was sprinkled with sail-boats and varicolored canoes.

  • Many of them were large and varicolored, and left behind them a long train of fire.

    Our Day

    W. A. Spicer

  • Their chief beauty is the deep, warm, varicolored stain with which time and the weather have enriched the plaster.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Varicolored ribbons ran round the walls after the manner of bunting and fell in festoons from the beamed ceiling.

  • Johannes stood gazing, half-blinded, in the glare of hundreds of varicolored lights, of mirrors and flowers.

    The Quest

    Frederik van Eeden

Word Origin and History for varicolored

1660s, from Latin varius (see vary) + English colored.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper