[ yel-ohz ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊz /

noun (used with a singular verb)

Plant Pathology. a disease of plants, characterized by stunting and the loss of chlorophyll.
Veterinary Pathology. jaundice.
Obsolete. jealousy.

Origin of yellows

1555–65; yellow (noun) + -s3

Definition for yellows (2 of 2)


[ yel-oh ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊ /


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.

Origin of yellow

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


Related forms

yel·low·ly, adverbyel·low·ness, noun

Usage note

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for yellows (1 of 2)


/ (ˈjɛləʊz) /

noun (functioning as singular)

any of various fungal or viral diseases of plants, characterized by yellowish discoloration and stunting
vet science another name for jaundice

British Dictionary definitions for yellows (2 of 2)


/ (ˈjɛləʊ) /




to make or become yellow
See also yellows

Derived Forms

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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Science definitions for yellows


[ yĕlōz ]

Any of various plant diseases characterized by yellowish discoloration and often by wilting, deformation, and stunted growth. Yellows may be caused by phytoplasmas, by ascomycete fungi of the genus Fusarium, or by a virus, especially of the genus Chlorogenus.

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