col·​or·​fast | \ ˈkə-lər-ˌfast How to pronounce colorfast (audio) \

Definition of colorfast

: having color that retains its original hue without fading or running

Other Words from colorfast

colorfastness \ ˈkə-​lər-​ˌfas(t)-​nəs How to pronounce colorfast (audio) \ noun

Examples of colorfast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ancient writings suggest this dye was desirable not only for its brilliant hue, but also for its ability to stay colorfast over time. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2022 Always use the care instructions as your guide and bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-colorfast colors is never recommended. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 18 May 2022 If the rug material is colorfast, consider sun drying. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 May 2022 Ecocitex’s yarn is also colorfast because it is made with clothes that have already been washed and worn. Andrea Miliani, Vogue, 21 Apr. 2022 Also beware of doing it on non-colorfast items, anything that can’t take hot water, and on fabrics with natural fibers that could be weakened by the process. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 Always use the care instructions as your guide, but in most instances, bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex and non-colorfast colors is not recommended. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 22 Jan. 2021 The colorfast dyes, beautiful patterns and soft, lightweight fabrics surpassed anything Europeans could achieve—threatening silk, linen and wool producers. Virginia Postrel, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of colorfast

1951, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Colorfast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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