chro·​ma ˈkrō-mə How to pronounce chroma (audio)
: a quality of color combining hue and saturation

Examples of chroma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Colors have properties like luminance, chroma and saturation, all of which affect their appearance. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2023 Sohonet’s ClearView Pivot is a real-time remote collaboration tool with the flexibility to connect creative users at the click of a button, allowing the user to stream color and frame-accurate footage in 4K HDR, 12-bit color depth and 4:4:4 chroma sampling in real time with ultra-low latency. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 28 July 2022 Seems like most of his attention was commanded by the involved location shooting in the forbidding tundras of Greenland and Iceland, which does yield some breathtaking footage in its eschewing of chroma-key fakery. Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 23 Mar. 2022 Although the hand itself is the real deal, some visual effects were incorporated to achieve its severed appearance: Dorabantu wore a blue chroma-key suit and headpiece while filming, then his face and body were edited out in post-production. Kirbie Johnson, Allure, 7 Dec. 2022 The retro texture of the visuals was made possible by shooting with an actual vintage video camera, and the chroma keying of a city night view towards the end is also reminiscent of how artists used to perform on TV. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 22 June 2019 Navigator color packages are meant to create specific moods with options including rhapsody blue, ebony, cappuccino, dark slate, iced mocha and chroma molten gold. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 2 Mar. 2018

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Word History


borrowed from Greek chrôma "color" — more at -chrome

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chroma was circa 1889

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“Chroma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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