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Definition of "colorful" [colorful]

  • Full of color; abounding in colors: colorful leaves in the fall. (adjective)
  • Characterized by rich variety; vividly distinctive: colorful language. (adjective)
  • Having intense colour or richly varied colours (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Vivid, rich, or distinctive in character (adjective)

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Use "colorful" in a sentence
  • "In vignettes centering on a fiery local waitress, a seventh-generation fisherman, the doyenne of a fading lesbian power culture, an unrepentant jinx, and other characters for whom the term colorful does scant justice, he introduces a community bound by tradition, superstition, recalcitrance, and a profound, more visceral than affectionate love for the sea."
  • "CHO: Yes, that's what you call a colorful preview of tonight's annual Memorial Day concert in the nation's capital."
  • ""There is the Tasmanian myth," he says, the Norse-Viking myth and the Adam and Eve myth - which he describes as colorful, interesting and "of course, all false.""