col·or·ing | \ˈkə-lə-riŋ \

Definition of coloring 

1a : the act of applying colors

b : something that produces color or color effects

c(1) : the effect produced by applying or combining colors

(2) : natural color

(3) : complexion, coloration

d : change of appearance (as by adding color)

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Examples of coloring in a Sentence

Her favorite activities include playing with stuffed animals and coloring. Our product contains no artificial coloring or flavoring. She added some blue food coloring to the icing. This scarf will look great with your coloring. He has very light coloring.
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In the clip, four of the Fab Five go head-to-head to re-create cupcakes in their likeness, using fondant, cake mix and a whole lot of food coloring. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "The 'Queer Eye' Fab Five Cook Up Trouble in 'Nailed It!' Crossover Clip," 29 June 2018 A few years ago a researcher gave 54 oenology (the study of wine) students a glass of white wine with tasteless red food coloring. Nick Hoppe, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lessons on how to become a wine snob," 13 May 2018 That likely means the tequila has been mixed with caramel coloring to fake genuine barrel-aging. Max Falkowitz, GQ, "How to Buy Better Tequila That Won’t Give You Bad College Flashbacks," 3 May 2018 Tufted titmouse The tufted titmouse is a small bird, with gray coloring on the back and wings, rust-brown flanks, pale gray on the chest and belly, and a dark gray cap and crest. Martin Finucane,, "What’s that bird call in your backyard? Here’s a brief primer," 4 Apr. 2018 Dye each bowl of frosting green, yellow and pink with gel food coloring. Ana Calderone,, "We Made Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Cake Based on Their Description," 21 Mar. 2018 Divide mixture between 3 bowls and tint each with 1 drop food coloring, folding into meringue so as not to deflate (some streaks are okay). Anna Helm Baxter, Woman's Day, "Meringue Pops," 6 Mar. 2018 Another way to color food black is to mix up your own black tint, using red, green and blue food coloring. Amy Dewall Dadmun, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delight your guests with a trendy, tasty winter meal," 20 Jan. 2018 Coat the edge of drinking glasses using corn syrup dyed with red food coloring, turn right side up and allow mixture to drip down the glasses to serve your creepy concoctions in. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of coloring

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of coloring

: the act of adding colors to something (such as a picture in a coloring book)

: something that produces color

: the color of a person's skin and hair


col·or·ing | \ˈkə-lə-riŋ \

Kids Definition of coloring

1 : the act of applying colors His favorite activities are doing puzzles and coloring.

2 : something that produces color This cookie has no artificial coloring.

3 : the effect produced by the use of color His paintings are famous for their bright coloring.

4 : natural color The cat has beautiful coloring.

5 : complexion That red shirt looks great with your coloring.

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