col·​or·​ing | \ ˈkə-lə-riŋ How to pronounce coloring (audio) \

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
d : change of appearance (as by adding color)

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Synonyms for coloring


color, colorant, dye, dyestuff, pigment, stain

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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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Using food paste coloring, tint each portion a different color, leaving one white. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Decorated Cookies," 12 Sep. 2019 Most members of the Chilobrachys spider genus have muted brown, black or grey coloring. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Turquoise-Tinted Tarantula Discovered in Sri Lanka," 27 Aug. 2019 The coloring was so unusual that the NBA banned it, citing guidelines about player shoes having to match uniforms, even though the shoes were clearly in the Bulls’ colors. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How sneakers became so valuable," 10 June 2019 For a more kid-friendly craft, good old-fashioned food coloring is the way to go. Stephanie Shore Fisher, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring and Rubber Cement," 11 Mar. 2019 The coloring is something that suits for all people. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Russians played up Glendale murder-suicide in Facebook ads in 2016 election," 12 May 2018 Book readings, live music, and a coloring activity will accompany the book sales, the website says. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New Dr. Seuss book featured next week at UCSD," 30 Aug. 2019 Blood has long been simulated on-screen with corn syrup and food coloring, of course, combined in this case with chunks of material in a pressurized blood rig. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Undead hordes rise from the sea in delightfully campy Zombie Tidal Wave," 16 Aug. 2019 Some of the neighboring buildings are decked out in party hats, notably the Pru, topped with its coloring-book version of a Zen temple. Robert Campbell,, "One Dalton, Boston’s commanding new skyscraper, conjures architectural magic," 29 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce coloring (audio) \

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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