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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Stain your toy with food coloring, which is nontoxic and can be mixed to create custom shades. David Agrell, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Gift: A Handmade DIY Dino Toy," 12 Dec. 2020 To enter: Color your favorite holiday/winter coloring page, take a picture of you and your finished masterpiece and send an email to the department., "Community news for the Enfield edition," 11 Dec. 2020 Shrub roses Looking for an unusual bloom with unique coloring? Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prepare for a bedazzling lineup of new roses for 2021," 5 Dec. 2020 Put one-third of the dough back into the mixer and add the powdered strawberries and food coloring, if using. Jessica Battilana,, "3 simple yet visually striking cookies to make for holiday cheer in 2020," 4 Dec. 2020 While the males feature the notable orange coloring, the smaller breeding females can have yellow or orange patches on their body, or brownish gray with light green spots and short stripes on their head and neck, the press release said. Richard Tribou,, "Researchers: keep eye out for non-native lizard eating Florida’s butterflies," 11 Dec. 2020 Others have noted Oliver's peculiar smell, eye coloring, bird-like voice and various mannerisms as being very unchimplike. John Maccormack,, "Oliver with a twist - Retired freak show chimp still scientific mystery," 9 Dec. 2020 He was ridiculed for a later appearance at a Nov. 19 news conference to highlight his fraud allegations as a dark liquid -- possibly hair coloring -- dripped down his face. Fortune, "Rudy Giuliani tests positive for COVID-19 amid election-results challenges," 7 Dec. 2020 He was ridiculed for a later appearance at a Nov. 19 news conference to highlight his fraud allegations as a dark liquid -- possibly hair coloring -- dripped down his face. Yueqi Yang,, "Giuliani Tests Positive for Virus Amid Trump Election Fight," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of coloring

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

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The first known use of coloring was in the 15th century

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Coloring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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