cyan

noun
cy·​an | \ ˈsī-ˌan How to pronounce cyan (audio) , -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

Examples of cyan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Why mosquitoes are attracted to the color cyan remains a mystery. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 Can't Control Me (a subtle cyan), and Achievement Unlocked (a pretty lilac). Sarah Toscano, EW.com, 28 Jan. 2022 The exterior will get a fresh coat of paint to match the company's cyan and charcoal colors; signage will be going up, too. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2020 The four-bedroom, multi-tiered mansion is perched above cyan-blue waters, with access to the ocean, a private coral pool, and an infinity pool. Katie Lockhart, Travel + Leisure, 26 Apr. 2020 On a chair constructed from four square steel-tubing frames, nylon webbing in various shades (cyan, khaki, optic white, vermilion) creates a seat with a similarly unpredictable checkered design. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 For instance, Actinomyces bacteria, in red, grow close to the epithelial tissue of the tongue, shown in gray, while Rothia bacteria, in cyan, form long patches between other communities. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 24 Mar. 2020 Cast in aluminum with black powder coating, the sculpture is tinged at the edges with the printing colors of cyan, magenta and yellow as though this representation of a person is beginning to come into full color. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2020 For the ’60s-era chapter of the story, Prieto modeled his palette after vintage Ektachrome film, which skews toward cyan and blue-green, and translates, Prieto says, into colder blacks and cooler shadows. Hugh Hart, Fortune, 5 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cyan

Noun

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cyan

Noun

Greek kyanos

Combining form

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

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“Cyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cyan. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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