color wheel


: a circular diagram of the spectrum used to show the relationships between the colors

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Valencia often begins with small sketches before embarking on larger canvases, guided by his color wheel. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Anwar HusseinGetty Images Pair the blue with a shade on the opposite side of the color wheel—an orangey red hue, as seen on Beyond Yoga's biker shorts. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 25 Aug. 2022 Choose pots in analogous colors (which are side-by-side on the color wheel), such as blue or yellow, for a colorful, yet cohesive look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Aug. 2022 Use the color wheel to find a complementary color for your home. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2022 Clemens and his eponymous brand's totes cost no more than $300 and come in three sizes and nearly every shade on the color wheel. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 30 July 2022 These are two colors that are directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 June 2022 Purple formulas help cancel unwanted yellow or brassy tones, as purple and yellow are opposite on the color wheel and neutralize each other. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 15 June 2022 Purple cancels out yellow and orange tones on the color wheel. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of color wheel was in 1909

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Cite this Entry

“Color wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Last Updated: 25 Sep 2022

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