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yellow

[ yel-oh ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊ /
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noun

adjective, yel·low·er, yel·low·est.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become yellow: Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.

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Origin of yellow

First recorded before 900; 1895–1900 for def. 9; Middle English yelou (adjective and noun), Old English geolo, geolu (adjective); cognate with Dutch geel, German gelb, Latin helvus “pale-yellow”; akin to Old Norse gulr

usage note for yellow

It is perceived as insulting to use yellow to describe a person of Asian or mixed racial origin, as in the terms yellow peril and high yellow.

OTHER WORDS FROM yellow

yel·low·ly, adverbyel·low·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yellow

yellow
/ (ˈjɛləʊ) /

noun

adjective

verb

to make or become yellow
See also yellows

Derived forms of yellow

yellowish, adjectiveyellowly, adverbyellowness, nounyellowy, adjective

Word Origin for yellow

Old English geolu; related to Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Old Norse gulr, Latin helvus
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