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col·​or·​ist ˈkə-lə-rist How to pronounce colorist (audio)
plural colorists
: one that colors or deals with color


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: prejudiced against people with dark skin
specifically : showing favor to light-skinned people over those with darker skin within a racial or ethnic group
Over the weekend, Khloé Kardashian faced a particularly vicious bout of cyberbullying that might be among the most inappropriate yet, since commenters began leaving racist and colorist comments about her five-month-old daughter, True Thompson. Andrea Park

Examples of colorist in a Sentence

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Hernández is a brilliant colorist, the vivid hues sometimes functioning in suggestive symbolic mode while always reveling in pure decorative joy. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 Meet Our Expert Rita Hazan is a celebrity colorist and hairstylist who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson, as well as her longtime client, Beyoncé. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 Feb. 2024 Oliver Adams is a hair color specialist, editorial stylist, international educator, and salon owner of Splash Studios in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia Jack Martin is a celebrity colorist. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024 While color innovation and tools have undoubtedly evolved since those days, the premise is still very much there, and colorists still paint using the balayage technique on smaller (and larger, sometimes) strands of hair, applying color to pieces where the sun would naturally hit. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 Felicia Dosso is a colorist at Nunzio Saviano Salon. Sleek and Slicked Getty Images WATCH Our bad! Loren Savini, Allure, 13 Dec. 2023 Meet Our Experts Sam Stahl is a colorist and Schwarzkopf Professional ambassador. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 18 Jan. 2024 Florence Pugh’s Cool-Girl Quiff After colorist Matt Rez created a dimensional icy blonde shade throughout, hairstylist Adir Abergel designed a multi-faceted look that included twists up the back and a pompadour on top. Meg Hemphill, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Jan. 2024 Top stylists Oliver Adams, a hair color specialist and salon owner in Birmingham, Alabama, and Atlanta, and celebrity colorist Jack Martin share their best tips on growing out gray hair flawlessly. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, 3 Jan. 2024
The 'Daisy Jones and the Six' star is maintaining her new hue throughout awards season with the help of colorist Tracey Cunningham (and a lot of Olaplex!) Riley Keough can't help falling in love with being a brunette. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 Theron’s inner circle includes hairstylist Adir Abergel and colorist Tracey Cunningham, makeup artist Kate Lee and nail expert Tom Bachik, all of whom were in attendance at the event which hosted a veritable who’s who of the town’s top image makers. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2023 South Asians, willingly or not, are part of a highly hierarchical, casteist, and colorist society with vastly varied incomes. Urvashi Pathania,, 20 Sep. 2023 Stylez got inspiration from wig maker Alfred Lewis and colorist Calla Kash for this innovative look, which Cardi B revealed to Instagram fans on June 9. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 June 2023 And at Ott’s Suite Caroline salon in Manhattan, colorist Aura Friedman is noticing it too. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2023 The biggest winner of the night was A Soldier’s Play, the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1981 drama written by Charles Fuller that uses the backdrop of segregation in the military during World War II to examine socioeconomic and colorist lines of division Black people often draw amongst ourselves. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 27 Sep. 2021 However, some dynamics can’t be faked, and on Bravo’s popular series The Real Housewives of Potomac, the troubling recurrence of colorist behavior from some of its cast members is anything but scripted. Ineye Komonibo,, 27 Feb. 2023 Plus, the art, so boldly tinted by colorist Cris Peters, is eye-popping. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



borrowed from French coloriste, from Latin color color entry 1 + French -iste -ist entry 1


color entry 1 + -ist entry 2 (after racist entry 1, sexist, etc.)

First Known Use


1685, in the meaning defined above


1990, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of colorist was in 1685

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“Colorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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