Definition of


  1. (noun, attribute) a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
  2. (noun, attribute) interest and variety and intensity
    the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness
  3. (noun, attribute) the timbre of a musical sound
  4. (noun, group) a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
  5. (noun, attribute) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
    he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction
    the situation soon took on a different color
  6. (noun, substance) any material used for its color
  7. (noun, cognition) (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
  8. (noun, attribute) the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
  9. (verb, change) add color to
    Fall colored the trees
    colorize black and white film
  10. (verb, communication) affect as in thought or feeling
    The sadness tinged his life
  11. (verb, social) modify or bias
  12. (verb, creation) decorate with colors
  13. (verb, communication) give a deceptive explanation or excuse for
  14. (verb, change) change color, often in an undesired manner
  15. (adj, all) having or capable of producing colors
    he rented a color television
    marvelous color illustrations

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Origin of the word Color

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. colur, from L. color (acc. colorem) "color, hue," from Old L. colos, originally "a covering" (akin to celare "to hide, conceal"), from PIE base *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell). O.E. words for "color" were hiw, bleo. The verb is from c.1300, earliest use is figurative. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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