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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Other Words from earth tone

earth-toned \ ˈərth-​ˌtōnd How to pronounce earth-toned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of earth tone in a Sentence

She wears a lot of earth tones.

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Then colors sneak in, though not a lot of them—subdued flesh tones and somber earth tones, punctuated by flashes of silver; all traces of blue have been banished from the screen. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Shadow’ Review: Not Everything Is Black and White," 2 May 2019 Guadagnino’s Suspiria uses its color evolution to argue for violent revolution Amazon Studios Suspiria uses its eventual transition from earth tones to blood red as a code for violent social upheaval. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 This new Rose Period, filled with earth tones as well as pink ones, coincided with a whole new subject—circus life—and a signature sexuality. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Picasso Before Cubism, in Blue and Rose," 17 Aug. 2018 The designer steered them toward a palette of earth tones that would resonate with the landscape. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Root of the Matter," 8 May 2012 The lobby at this Beverly Hills icon toes the line between Old World and modern, done up in marble floors, soothing earth tones, wingback chairs, and dark wood furnishings. Brooke Porter Katz, Condé Nast Traveler, "23 Best Hotels in Los Angeles," 1 Mar. 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

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First Known Use of earth tone

1973, in the meaning defined above

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earth tone

noun

English Language Learners Definition of earth tone

chiefly US : a color that contains some brown

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