\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Definition of chrome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : chromium
b : a chromium pigment
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium


chromed; chroming

Definition of chrome (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to treat with a compound of chromium (as in dyeing)
2 : chromize


noun combining form or adjective combining form
\ ˌkrōm \

Definition of -chrome (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : colored thing heliochrome
2 : coloring matter urochrome

Examples of chrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Child transformed Megan’s stunning dress into the focal point of the look with a dramatic, bold, and fascinating chrome eye. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 3 May 2022 No Wipe+ Top Coat and CND Over the Top Effects in Pearl Obsession, the chrome look was achieved. Jennet Jusu, Allure, 26 Apr. 2022 During testing, the chair received a 4/5 score for its design, with testers noting the stylish chrome finishes throughout. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Apr. 2022 This is simply a beautiful luxury sedan, with the dark chrome grille, more aggressive rocker panels and 20-inch wheels merely enhancing the G80’s sleek body. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Eggplant, which is a purple-black; then there’s Sauté, which is this shimmery silver-chrome color. Jai Lennard, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 The possible suspect vehicle had tinted windows, stock chrome rims, a stainless steel muffler and minor damage to the front left of the car. Angela Cordoba Perez, The Arizona Republic, 25 Apr. 2022 The chrome material used in this home designed by Heather Hilliard reflects the stairwell in every direction, giving it a wild infinity effect. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 14 Apr. 2022 The ceiling was four stories high with plenty of room to display a full-sized dinosaur replication made of resin and sprayed in chrome. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tundra Capstones are only available in a crew-cab configuration with a 5.5-foot bed and chrome 22-inch wheels are standard. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 3 Feb. 2022 The Project Maybach's front end features striking circular headlights and chrome vertical grille trim pieces under a glowing full-width light bar. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 1 Dec. 2021 An extensive restoration was undertaken in 1968, and the car was finally handed down to the owner’s children in 2016, who commissioned a repaint in black, with accents that include copper brake drums and chrome accessories. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 The Tracker red and chrome 'Chopper' style bicycle is up for auction through East Bristol Auctions, and is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 July 2021 The new Lariat sport appearance package matches the Lariat model's bumpers, mirrors, and grille with the exterior color and equips chrome exhaust tips and black running boards. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2021 After all, the two GT trims already share a distinct mesh grille design, chrome dual exhaust tips, and a unique flat-bottom steering wheel. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 June 2020 Red-carpet moment: Zendaya in a fuchsia Tom Ford chromed breastplate with matching jersey evening skirt at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 The team is planning to wear maroon pants, jerseys and chrome gold helmets. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 7 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of chrome


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrome


borrowed from French chrôme, borrowed from Greek chrôma "color" — more at -chrome

Note: Name introduced by the French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763-1829) in "Du plomb rouge de Sibérie, et expériences sur le nouveau métal qu'il contient," Journal des mines, Messidor, An V [vol. 6, June-July, 1797], pp. 737-60. Vauquelin notes that a word meaning "color"—originally suggested to him by the mineralogist René-Just Haüy—is fitting for the metal not because it has a distinctive color itself, but because the combinations into which it enters with oxygen (as a green oxide and red acid) are remarkable for their colors.


derivative of chrome entry 1

Noun combining form or adjective combining form

borrowed from Greek -chrōmos "having a color (of the kind specified by the initial element)," adjective derivative of chrōmat-, chrôma "skin, complexion, color," from chrō- (the base of an s-stem *chrowos-, whence chrṓs "surface of the body, skin, flesh, complexion, color," of obscure origin) + -ma, resultative noun suffix

Note: The form *chrowos- is reconstructed on the basis of Mycenaean a-ko-ro-we-e "without spots" (or "of one color"). While chrṓs can be contracted directly from a nominative *chrowṓs, the Homeric accusative chróa, genitive chroós assume *chrowós-a, *chrowos-ós, with hyphaeresis of the second vowel of the stem.

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\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium


\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : a chromium pigment

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