earth tone


: any of various rich colors containing some brown
When fashion becomes elaborate, makeup colors take a quieter stance. Earth tones in particular—mustard, cocoa, taupe, and wheat—are well suited to this monochromatic look.Anna Quinn
From the mellow earth tones of old stone walls to the brilliant colors of space-age titanium, the bodegas of Spain's most prestigious wine region embody a dynamic culture of architecture …Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
earth-toned adjective

Examples of earth tone in a Sentence

She wears a lot of earth tones.
Recent Examples on the Web Available in regular and oversized sizes and four earth tones, the blanket will seamlessly blend into any style of decor. Lauren Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2024 The winter coat features a matte finish in stunning earth tones and features several pockets to keep the hands warm and belongings safe, including some breast pockets. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 24 Jan. 2024 Taking its cues from the surrounding landscape, the property is all soothing earth tones and natural materials, and has an organic and biophilic appeal that embodies the relaxed but refined essence of the brand and the valley itself. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 23 Nov. 2023 Expect to see a combination of functionality and design, with natural elements, earth tones, and a focus on accessibility in the coming year. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Dec. 2023 The on-sale bed sheets are available in six sizes, from twin through California king, and in six neutral colors, like white and navy, and earth tones such as luxe cream and taupe. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 18 Dec. 2023 At Yoyogi Park lots of people wore autumnal earth tones that recalled the park’s natural palette. Simbarashe Cha, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 For the person who only has earth tones on display, this tan color should be your front-runner, while the red and white option will make your giftee think of a cozy Fair Isle sweater. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 Using earth tones, neutral hues, and limited pops of color, this serene home by the sea provides gorgeous inspiration for your next home revamp. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earth tone was in 1973

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“Earth tone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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