cy·​an | \ˈsī-ˌan, -ən\

Definition of cyan 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a greenish-blue color used in photography and color printing of one of the primary colors

variants: or cyano-

Definition of cyan- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : dark blue : blue cyanobacterium

2 : cyanogen cyanide

3 : cyanide cyanogenetic

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And then there are his shocking bright talons, painted crimson, cyan, or marigold yellow depending on the frame, which are the proverbial cherry on top of his vivid, high-impact looks. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Let Troye Sivan's "Bloom" Video Be Your Pride Month Makeup Inspiration," 6 June 2018 Gels in cyan, magenta and yellow have been inserted into openings between the linear and triangular structural beams holding up the roof. Christopher Knight,, "Artist Olafur Eliasson built a 'Reality projector' of smashing beauty," 2 Mar. 2018 Starfish are the color of warm skies at midnight; sea snakes, banded in silver and shimmering black, wriggle towards the soft cyan sea. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Fiji’s Coral Coast Promises a Glimpse at Local Life—And Unspoiled, Breathtaking Nature," 12 Sep. 2017 Now Formlabs offers a third choice with Tough Resin, which creates smooth cyan chains strong enough to hoist cinder blocks. Joseph Flaherty, WIRED, "Nifty New Resin Solves a Major Problem With 3-D Printing," 30 June 2015

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First Known Use of cyan


circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyan


Greek kyanos

Combining form

German, from Greek kyan-, kyano-, from kyanos dark blue enamel

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The first known use of cyan was circa 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of cyan

: a greenish-blue color

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