dis·​col·​or | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring; discolors

Definition of discolor

transitive verb

: to alter or change the hue or color of

intransitive verb

: to change color especially for the worse

Examples of discolor in a Sentence

The fabric is guaranteed not to discolor. The wine stain discolored the rug.
Recent Examples on the Web If your molds are coated with tin, there’s a chance that the tin has merely discolored from heat, or that bits of food are stuck to the surface. Washington Post, "Discolored metal molds: Don’t bake until you know what they’re lined with," 27 Jan. 2020 Is the lighting strange or the face discolored or blurry? Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Fake Trump video? How to spot deepfakes on Facebook and YouTube ahead of the presidential election," 8 Jan. 2020 Sam Calagione’s boil kettle—discolored from heavy use and topped with a repurposed kitchen pot lid, looking a bit like a mismatched hat—didn’t arrive alone last week to the storage shelves at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Theresa Mcculla, Smithsonian, "Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collections," 16 Sep. 2019 Witness says the man's lower lip is discolored with both pink and purple in it. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Confrontation between drivers leaves 54-year-old Inkster man dead," 1 Sep. 2019 Paint on the bridge had been burned and discolored, and a light fixture was blown out. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "Father and son formally charged in connection with 16th Street bridge explosion," 27 Dec. 2019 Corine Busch, another resident, says the tap water that runs out of her faucets is discolored. Molly Parker, ProPublica, "“They Painted Over Problems”: How Residents of One Affordable Housing Complex Went From Hope to Despair," 18 Dec. 2019 The heavier particles in the smoke fall out and, in this case, discolored the snow in New Zealand, according to CNN Weather's Monica Garrett. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "New Zealand's glaciers are turning red - and it's because of Australia's bushfires," 5 Dec. 2019 Flint began struggling with foul tasting, discolored water after switching to the Flint River as its supply in April 2014. Wired, "Utility Executives Kept Flint's Tainted Water a Secret," 13 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of discolor

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for discolor

Middle English discolouren, from Anglo-French desculurer, from Late Latin discolorari, from Latin discolor of another color, from dis- + color color

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The first known use of discolor was in the 14th century

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4 Feb 2020

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“Discolor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discolor. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially in a bad way


dis·​col·​or | \ dis-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce discolor (audio) \
discolored; discoloring

Kids Definition of discolor

: to change in color especially for the worse

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