color wheel

noun

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

Examples of color wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choose one accent color to emphasize, say teal, then look across the color wheel and consider adding a touch of its opposite, like pumpkin or apricot. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 4 Apr. 2024 These shades are opposite on the color wheel, so the effect is energizing and dynamic yet still pleasing to the eye. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Apr. 2024 Using a simple color wheel and just a few shades, your cake can be topped with a rainbow of icing. Annemarie Dooling, USA TODAY, 29 Feb. 2024 Understanding your undertones Consult the color wheel Consider your lifestyle and personality 1. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2024 This year’s Pantone Color of the Year is called Peach Fuzz and sits on the color wheel between pink and orange. Jane Hanson, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Complementary colors Contemporary color choices strategically place opposing hues on the color wheel, fostering a bold contrast. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2024 The color wheel is a valuable tool that can guide you in creating harmonious color combinations. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2024 While this likely won't come as a surprise— red and green make a perfect partner in Christmas color thanks to their complementary positions on the color wheel and traditional appeal. Shivani Vyas, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2023

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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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“Color wheel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/color%20wheel. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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