: a phenomenon of light (such as red, brown, pink, or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects
: the aspect of the appearance of objects and light sources that may be described in terms of hue, lightness, and saturation (see saturationsense 4) for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources
the changing color of the sky
also: a specific combination of hue, saturation, and lightness or brightness
comes in six colors
: a color other than and as contrasted with black, white, or gray
colors plural: clothing of a bright (see brightentry 1 sense 4) color : clothing that is neither dark nor light in color
Wash your colors separately from your darks and lights.
: analysis of game action or strategy, statistics and background information on participants, and often anecdotes provided by a sportscaster to give variety and interest to the broadcast of a game or contest
The color of blood is red.
What color are your eyes?
What color paint shall we use?
Blue and green are my favorite colors.
The pillows are all different colors.
The room needs more color.
In early summer the garden is full of color.
She added color to her outfit with a bright scarf.
His eyes were bluish-green in color.
She's using a new lip color. Verb
We colored the water with red ink.
The children were busy coloring in their coloring books.
My nephew colored a picture for me.
The child colored the sky blue and the sun yellow. See More
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One swipe keeps lips soft without causing your color products to glide right off.—Annie Blay, Allure, 21 Nov. 2023 The extra footage does little to shift the series away from pure spectacle, where white folks are favored and people of color are sacrificed.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 Thurstan Design in London is responsible for the color palette and the majority of design details.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 With its modular and flexible components — each totally customizable in terms of color and label — the collection allows your giftee to build a personalized system tailored to their unique needs.—Austa Somvichian-Clausen, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2023 The crimson dressing gown of the handsome Dr. Pozzi set against a red velvet wall floods the eye with the color intensity of a Matisse decoration.—Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Keeping both tops in a neutral color palette and coordinating your accessories in rich burgundy hues like Elle Fanning elevates the look.—Sarah Ball, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 The eye-catching color complemented her new brunette locks, which were styled into a half-up hairdo complete with mermaid waves.—Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 Oxblood of course being the official color of autumn 2023, Fox added oxblood pumps to match her red mani and her new cherry-red hair.—Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 9 Nov. 2023
Its 80 pages all have chic line drawings of flowers just waiting to be colored.—Maya Polton, Parents, 21 Nov. 2023 The latter is thanks in part to herringbone highlights, an ingenious coloring concept that works with your grays rather than against them.—Hannah Coates, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 My two oldest sisters will color their hair forever.—Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 The art is in making the formula distinct, coloring it in with interesting characters set against an appealing, which is not necessarily to say pretty, background.—Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 Collected below are images from this year’s festival, as celebrants color their world, give prayers, and wish one another a happy Diwali.—Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 Made with naturally purple sweet potatoes—no food coloring needed!—this classic dessert has a whole new look but the same great taste of the original.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2023 There were quiet moments of coloring mermaids together, and others that induced squeals of delight, such as a massive cone of vanilla gelato sheathed in rainbow sprinkles at Anita Gelato in Manly.—Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023 Major Anders, who had been photographing the moon with black-and-white film, switched quickly to color to capture the image.—Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English colour, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin color, earlier colōs "color as a physical phenomenon, pigment, complexion, appearance," probably, assuming an original meaning "covering, outermost layer, appearance," going back to *ḱel-ōs, collective derivative from an Indo-European s-stem *ḱel-os "covering" (whence perhaps Sanskrit śaras- "skin on boiled milk, cream" and, from a thematic derivative, Old High German hulisa "hull of a legume"), derivative of a verbal base *ḱel- "cover, conceal" — more at conceal
Middle English colouren, borrowed from Anglo-French colurer, going back to Latin colōrāre, derivative of colorcolor entry 1