\ 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 interior design will nod to a classic diner with chrome accents and banquettes but stay away from gimmicks. Janelle Bitker,, "Fine dining chef to open Daughter’s Diner in Oakland," 23 June 2020 Crescent tools are made from the brand’s special blend Crestoloy steel for strength and durability, and the full polish chrome finish resists rust and corrosion for a long tool life. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "This on-sale Crescent tool set is a quick Father’s Day gift fix," 15 June 2020 Five flush, screw-in chokes come with the G2, a 3-inch gun that also features black chrome finishes on the receiver and barrels. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: 7 Great 28 Gauges for Upland Hunting," 15 June 2020 Officials said the car involved in the crash could be a 2007-2014 model Chevrolet Suburban with chrome wheels and mirrors. Helen Wieffering, azcentral, "Glendale police seeking driver in hit-run that injured 2," 8 June 2020 It’s not just the generous sue of French seams; it’s small touches, such as the padding on the side of the center console where your knee rests, or the spear of chrome that runs across the instrument panel, much like a 1960s American sedan. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "The 2020 Mazda CX-30 is just right," 6 June 2020 Rainbows have extreme color variations, from almost a steely chrome (mostly from deep, clear lakes), to deep stripes of red, yellow, green, and blue on the flanks and deeply speckled sides. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 As the brand founder tells Allure, those are her new-and-improved take on duo-chrome shadows. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Huda Beauty's Next Obsessions Collection Proves Pastels Aren't Going Anywhere This Spring," 24 Feb. 2020 This 1953 Chevrolet pickup was completely restored, with a new interior, windows, tires, chrome, brakes and suspension. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Barrett-Jackson: 10 cool cars, trucks and even a motorbike that will cross the auction block on Monday in Scottsdale," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The brand also has a dizzying array of polishes that includes cool colors, chromed-out metallics, and funky glitters—all of which are five-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. Sophia Panych, Allure, "17 Cruelty-Free Brands You Need to Know," 1 Nov. 2017

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of chrome

2 : a chromium pigment

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