earth tone

noun

Definition of 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

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earth-toned \ˈərth-ˌtōnd \ adjective

Examples of earth tone in a Sentence

She wears a lot of earth tones.

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The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018 Like Trine's former eponymous brand, Amigo Modern hits a current sweet spot by mixing pale pinks with earth tones and natural hues. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "16 of the Most Innovative Furniture Designers Who Manufacture in the U.S.," 4 July 2018 Though Italian style may bring to mind deep wine shades and rich earth tones, Rizzato encourages the use of neutrals, since pale, creamy hues lend a sense of airy freshness that will make any room look palazzo-worthy. Lauren Hubbard, ELLE Decor, "How to Master a Modern Italian Look at Home," 28 June 2018 All the hall’s big fixtures now are in earth tones, which, along with the size of the new installations, goes a long way toward softening the space, diminishing the chill cast by its volume and cool veneers. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "With a skeleton and megaplanters, the Field Museum fleshes out its main hall," 26 June 2018 The two houses are lined with shelves holding more than 18,000 rare volumes, their spines a lustrous study in earth tones. Andy Newman, BostonGlobe.com, "William Reese, leading seller of rare books, dies at 62," 22 June 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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earth tone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earth tone

: a color that contains some brown

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