chromatic

adjective
chro·​mat·​ic | \ krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce chromatic (audio) \

Definition of chromatic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : of, relating to, or giving all the tones of the chromatic scale
b : characterized by frequent use of accidentals
2a : of or relating to color or color phenomena or sensations
b : highly colored
3 : of or relating to chroma

chromatic

noun

Definition of chromatic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from chromatic

Adjective

chromatically \ krō-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce chromatically (audio) \ adverb
chromaticism \ krō-​ˈma-​tə-​ˌsi-​zəm How to pronounce chromaticism (audio) \ noun

Examples of chromatic in a Sentence

Adjective

the strikingly chromatic paintings of Matisse and the other Fauvists

First Known Use of chromatic

Adjective

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun

1708, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chromatic

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin chrōmaticus, borrowed from Greek chrōmatikós "of color (in rhetoric), of the chromatic scale," from chrōmat-, chrôma "skin, complexion, color, the chromatic scale" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at -chrome

Noun

derivative of chromatic entry 1

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chromatic

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English Language Learners Definition of chromatic

music : of or relating to a musical scale that has all semitones

chromatic

adjective
chro·​mat·​ic | \ krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce chromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of chromatic

1 : of, relating to, or characterized by color or color phenomena or sensations chromatic perception chromatic stimuli
2 : capable of being colored by staining agents chromatic substances

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