colorful

adjective
col·​or·​ful | \ ˈkə-lər-fəl \

Definition of colorful

1 : having striking colors colorful scenery
2a : full of variety or interest a colorful description
b of speech : rude, offensive … he had begun to gamble and use colorful language …— Yohannes Edemariam

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Other Words from colorful

colorfully \ ˈkə-​lər-​f(ə-​)lē \ adverb
colorfulness \ ˈkə-​lər-​fəl-​nəs \ noun

Examples of colorful in a Sentence

I wore a colorful outfit. He gave a colorful account of his travels.

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Pan Sal Aire offers great coffee, breakfast or pizzas, and a chance to relax in an artfully restored, colorful and light-filled, historic building. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019 The mother of Stormi has decided that the final 24 hours of the year are just the perfect opportunity to undergo a major makeover, which has left the star almost unrecognizable thanks to her most colorful hair yet. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Hair Is Now Super Short and Bright Blue," 31 Dec. 2018 Whether your taste skews organic and natural or colorful and bold, there’s something for everyone on this list. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 11 best midcentury modern homes of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 When Sabrina Albanese was enlisted to design a family vacation home on southern Ontario’s Lake Simcoe, her clients' requests were simple: comfortable, colorful and creative. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 From the colorful and comedic adventures of How the Grinch Stole Christmas to the fantastical fairytale of The Nutcracker, Netflix has your holiday vacation plans covered. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Christmas Movies on Netflix You Can Stream During the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2018 Dinner was a chic Italianate affair: a symphony of glistening Richard Ginori porcelain and colorful Venetian glass goblets, with a menu of crab and langoustine cocktail followed by individual (and very cosy) shepherd’s pie and petit fours. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 The lighting is dim, and colorful artwork sets the tone for the excellent—if a bit pricey—hand-roasted blends from Guatemala, Peru, and Papua New Guinea. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Anything too colorful or too flamboyant is perceived as lesser-than. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Didn't Need A Star Is Born to Be Taken Seriously," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of colorful

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for colorful

color entry 1 + -ful entry 1

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The first known use of colorful was in 1848

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colorful

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of colorful

: having a bright color or a lot of different colors : full of color

: interesting or exciting

colorful

adjective
col·​or·​ful | \ ˈkə-lər-fəl \

Kids Definition of colorful

1 : having bright colors
2 : full of variety or interest She is a colorful person.

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