col·​or·​ist | \ ˈkə-lə-rist How to pronounce colorist (audio) , -lər-ist \

Definition of colorist

: one that colors or deals with color

Examples of colorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, the only way to ensure that your hair — specifically, your color — is on point before heading into the winter season is to book a November-December appointment with your colorist. Megan Decker,, "The 5 Biggest Hair Color Trends Of Winter 2020," 17 Nov. 2020 This latest dye job was completed by the same 17-year-old stylist and hair colorist, Jared Esquerra, who did Wade’s previous flames hairstyle. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Dwyane Wade Dyed a Black Power Fist Into His Hair," 28 Aug. 2020 As co-owner of L.A.'s Highbrow Hippie Atelier, celebrity colorist Kadi Lee has felt nothing but support from her clientele, who see the value that hand-on care can provide. Erika Stalder,, "People Are Hiding Their Beauty Treatments — Here’s Why," 19 Oct. 2020 Because of this, paired with the risk of a second wave of coronavirus infections, Stephanie Brown, master colorist at IGK Soho, predicts that more low-key blondes will be popping up this year. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Best Blonde Hair Color Ideas for 2020," 28 Sep. 2020 Working-class socialists, though not without their own colorist and sexist struggles, often organized political platforms around issues of race and gender. Rosa Cartagena, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Puerto Rico, Women Won the Vote in a Bittersweet Game of Colonial Politics," 2 Nov. 2020 With the help of her go-to colorist and brand founder Kristin Ess, the 31-year-old star just took her signature jet-black lob and lifted it to a bright shade of copper red that screams fall. Megan Decker,, "Lucy Hale Just Dyed Her Hair From Jet-Black To Bright-Red — In Her Kitchen Sink," 28 Sep. 2020 After DeGeneres didn't like the final look, her colorist gave it another try. Hanna Flanagan,, "Ellen DeGeneres Debuts New Look on Talk Show," 21 Oct. 2020 Your colorist may also recommend coming in for more toner or glosses during the course of your transition. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "5 Things to Know Before You Transition Your Dyed Hair to Natural Gray," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of colorist

1685, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colorist

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

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The first known use of colorist was in 1685

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20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Colorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of colorist

: a painter who uses color in interesting and effective ways
: a person who dyes people's hair

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