adjective, yel·low·er, yel·low·est.
- designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples.
- designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, especially of black and white heritage.
- (of a newspaper, book, etc.) featuring articles, pictures, or other content that is sensational, especially morbidly or offensively so: yellow rags; yellow biographies.
- dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, especially in sacrificing truth for sensationalism, as in yellow journalism; yellow press.
verb (used with or without object)
- yelizaveta petrovna,
- yellow alert,
- yellow archangel,
- yellow atrophy of liver,
- yellow avens,
- yellow belly
Origin of yellow
Examples from the Web for yellow
Yellow fever ravaged Philadelphia in first few weeks of October 1793.
A yellow hazardous material bin placed out on the lawn, just beyond some red tape reading “Danger Do Not Enter,” left no doubt.
“Americans thought then we were at the cutting edge figuring out typhus and yellow fever,” says Bennett.
Beyond medical board or nursing association certification, candidates must have a valid passport and yellow fever vaccination.
The first checkpoint was decked out in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag and just inside the city limits.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines|Ted Phillips|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The harp can be made of wood, covered with gold paper, and strung with yellow cord.Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants|James H. Head
And yet there was one gleam of hope, feeble as the yellow flicker of the gas-lamp across the way.The Big Bow Mystery|I. Zangwill
The blossoms of this plant are bright red, usually more or less tinged with yellow.Flowers of Mountain and Plain|Edith S. Clements
Her face was yellow; her eyes were sunken and dull; her hands trembled.A Daughter of the Vine|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
South of the river the yellow strata are more distinctly developed.Buffalo Land|W. E. Webb
Word Origin for yellow
Old English geolu, geolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Middle Dutch ghele, Dutch geel, Middle High German gel, German gelb, Old Norse gulr, Swedish gul "yellow"), from PIE *ghel- "yellow, green" (see Chloe).
Meaning "light-skinned" (of blacks) first recorded 1808. Applied to Asiatics since 1787, though the first recorded reference is to Turkish words for inhabitants of India. Yellow peril translates German die gelbe gefahr. Sense of "cowardly" is 1856, of unknown origin; the color was traditionally associated rather with treachery. Yellow-bellied "cowardly" is from 1924, probably a rhyming reduplication of yellow; earlier yellow-belly was a sailor's name for a half-caste (1867) and a Texas term for Mexican soldiers (1842, based on the color of their uniforms). Yellow dog "mongrel" is attested from c.1770; slang sense of "contemptible person" first recorded 1881. Yellow fever attested from 1748, American English (jaundice is a symptom).
"to become yellow," Old English geoluwian, from the source of yellow (adj.). Related: Yellowed; yellowing.