\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Definition of chrome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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)


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 The brand is launching with 10 products including highlighters, lipsticks, eye shadows, and more packaged in gorgeous pink-and-chrome or bold, solid-colored tubes and compacts. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Halsey Created a Makeup Brand to Help You Break Beauty Rules," 4 Jan. 2021 Jack’s Hollywood Diner, the iconic, 67-year-old chrome railcar on North Federal Highway that closed early in the pandemic, is on track to reopen this weekend under fresh ownership. Phillip Valys,, "Jack’s is back: Iconic greasy spoon Jack’s Hollywood Diner reopening this weekend," 31 Dec. 2020 The usual shad colors in variations of chrome and green or blue also catch plenty. Frank Sargeant, al, "Rattlebait Time on Alabama Lakes," 30 Dec. 2020 Mixing different materials, such as glass, chrome and Carrara marble, can tie in a tile wall with the rest of a shower or kitchen while adding some pizzazz. Richard A. Marini,, "7 hot trends in home tile for walls and floors, from faux wood and bolder colors to the comeback of retro hexagonal tiles," 24 Dec. 2020 The top-of-the-line SR model gets the best looks with 18-inch wheels, a dark chrome grille, LED headlights, a rear spoiler, and sport cloth interior with orange stitching. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Nissan Sentra Gets $100 More Expensive, Adds Standard Features," 19 Nov. 2020 Drawing inspiration from the LC coupe and convertible, the LS adopts revised LED headlamps and a darker surround, while taillights swap chrome elements for glossy black. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2021 Lexus LS500's Edgy Styling Belies Its Soft Side," 12 Dec. 2020 An army of actual skywalkers would slot in 600 million pounds of prefabricated steel, limestone, and chrome-nickel panels. James Panero, WSJ, "An Iconic Beacon Shines Anew," 11 Dec. 2020 The space stands tall in the middle southeast corner of Terminal D, near Chick-fil-A, with a soaring chrome finish branded with the Coca-Cola logo. Dallas News, "Coca-Cola brings first ‘Around the World Experience’ exhibit to DFW Airport," 3 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "2021 Kia K5 Sedan Drops Optima Name, Adds Exciting Performance Options," 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, "The Rise of Black Stylists Behind the Grammys," 22 Jan. 2020 The team is planning to wear maroon pants, jerseys and chrome gold helmets. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers football to have first sellout in four years," 7 Nov. 2019 In another scene, Taylor and Combs are chromed out in their Karl Kani matching sets. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Teyana Taylor Taps Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Designers For "HYWI" Music Video," 5 Aug. 2019 Use these eye and lip crayons as pops of color for eyeliner, smokey eyes, chromed out lips, or a full monochromatic look! Marci Robin, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Announces Chill Owt Holiday Makeup Collection," 5 Oct. 2018 The result is a big beautiful box, chromed out and leather-padded and severely cushioned and covered all over by the classic Vuitton monogram. Sam Schube, GQ, "Louis Vuitton’s World Cup Gear Is Once-Every-Four-Years Luxurious," 17 May 2018 Inside, there are ribbons of wood and chromed surfaces, and lots of technology — such as a 12.3-inch screen that displays all manner of information, including a 360-degree exterior view of the car that's beamed from an array of cameras. Daniel Miller,, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 Both body styles wear LED lighting, front and rear, and chromed dual-exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumpers. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe and Cabriolet," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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“Chrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce -chrome (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chrome

: a type of metal that is used to cover other metals in order to make them shiny


\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of chrome

2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium


\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of chrome

2 : a chromium pigment

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