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 The manager of a salon in the 2700 block of Pfingsten Road reported Oct. 25 that a customer failed to pay for a haircut and coloring., "Man charged with forgery after making mobile deposits to his bank account: Glenview police," 4 Nov. 2019 The blooms have intense waxy coloring just like a clown’s makeup at the circus. Calvin Finch,, "The best cool-weather annuals for your San Antonio garden," 31 Oct. 2019 And while fans will have to wait a few days to get their hands on the sneaker, campaign pictures do reveal some details regarding design, including a mixture of pastel pink and gray coloring. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Is the Face of Puma’s Cali Sport," 31 Oct. 2019 Some of species' pitchers have mottled coloring that looks a bit like tasty carrion, which lures prey inside the pitcher. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "This deep-sea fish's expandable stomach can hold huge meals," 30 Oct. 2019 Even in this bloodbath of red food coloring and pumpkins vomiting cheese dip, feetloaf stands apart. Washington Post, "It’s almost Halloween, and ‘feetloaf’ is already giving us nightmares," 24 Oct. 2019 The salons will not offer haircuts — only coloring. Shwanika Narayan,, "SF’s growing hair color enterprise Madison Reed pushes expansion," 20 Oct. 2019 Like a formal poet, Yoo, who is Korean-American and grew up in Bayside, Queens, finds creativity within constraints, telling an enchantingly personal story without ever quite coloring outside the lines. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Golden Diner Updates the Greasy-Spoon Tradition," 19 Oct. 2019 Gless added that whale experts were initially concerned that the young whale’s coloring was linked to poor health, but, since that calf continues to gain weight and grow, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Kelli Bender,, "Rare White Orca Calf Spotted By Excited Whale Watchers Off Washington Coast," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of coloring

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

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12 Nov 2019

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

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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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