Definition of "colour" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of color. (noun)
  • An attribute of things that results from the light they reflect, transmit, or emit in so far as this light causes a visual sensation that depends on its wavelengths (noun)

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.

  • The aspect of visual perception by which an observer recognizes this attribute (noun)
  • The quality of the light producing this aspect of visual perception (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A colour, such as red or green, that possesses hue, as opposed to achromatic colours such as white or black (noun)
  • A substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts colour to something (noun)
  • The skin complexion of a person, esp as determined by race (noun)
  • The use of all the hues in painting as distinct from composition, form, and light and shade (noun)
  • The quantity and quality of ink used in a printing process (noun)
  • The distinctive tone of a musical sound; timbre (noun)
  • Vividness, authenticity, or individuality (noun)
  • Semblance or pretext (esp in the phrases take on a different colour, under colour of) (noun)
  • A precious mineral particle, esp gold, found in auriferous gravel (noun)
  • One of three characteristics of quarks, designated red, blue, or green, but having no relationship with the physical sensation (noun)
  • To give or apply colour to (something) (verb)
  • To give a convincing or plausible appearance to (something, esp to that which is spoken or recounted) (verb)
  • To influence or distort (something, esp a report or opinion) (verb)
  • To become red in the face, esp when embarrassed or annoyed (verb)
  • (esp of ripening fruit) to change hue (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "colour" in a sentence
  • "Speaking of the highly-coloured males, especially among birds, the same writer states that "the _normal colour_ (italics ours) is that of the young and the female, and the colour of the male is the result of his excessive variability.""
  • "Shadow is, on the contrary, necessary to the full presence of colour; for every colour is a diminished quantity or energy of light; and, practically, it follows from what I have just told you -- (that every light in painting is a shadow to higher lights, and every shadow a light to lower shadows) -- that also every _colour_ in painting must be a shadow to some brighter colour, and a light to some darker one -- all the while being a positive colour itself."
  • "a considerable degree of what might be called naturalism, so far as good line-drawing and understanding of flower form goes, emphasis of colour being sought by means of _planes of colour_, rather than by planes of shadow."