earth tone


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.
Recent Examples on the Web In September, the garden is more a medley of textures and end-of-season earth tones than an explosion of color — that occurred over the summer — but its power and depth are not subdued. Washington Post, "How a soybean field in middle-of-nowhere Delaware became a buzzy botanic garden," 23 Sep. 2019 Walls and floors are earth toned; black-wood shelves hold glass boxes filled with fabrics, dried plants and cactus paddles, all sourced from Huitzuco. Phil Vettel,, "Tzuco brings Carlos Gaytan’s award-winning Mexican-French food back to Chicago," 19 Sep. 2019 The entire floor is awash in mahogany and earth tones and is devoted to depictions of entertainers, with figures rotated in and out according to their tabloid relevance. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Making Faces: How the Artists at Madame Tussauds Create Celebrity Wax Figures," 1 Oct. 2019 Available in a glam crushed pink velvet with brass, cobalt blue with silver or earth tones and black metal, the couch is available in 5- to 8-foot lengths. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Browsing: What are the bestselling sofas in L.A. right now?," 26 Sep. 2019 Warm earth tones help everything feel cozy and inviting. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "Trisha Yearwood Just Launched a Furniture Line, and It's as Charming as She Is," 27 June 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed casually for the family outing, wearing outdoorsy earth tones and sweaters. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Lunch with the Queen in Laid-Back Looks," 23 Aug. 2019 The packaging has a DIY aesthetic, in unexpected color combinations — bright white and Sharpie black on muted earth tones — that is a little bit punk rock and a little bit Matisse. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Oatly and the quest for the perfect alt-milk," 14 Aug. 2019 Avocados, llamas and narwhals are in, as are earth tones and neutral colors like white and gray. Washington Post, "Billion-dollar baby: How Carter’s became a staple of just about every child’s wardrobe," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of earth tone

1973, in the meaning defined above

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22 Dec 2019

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“Earth tone.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of earth tone

chiefly US : a color that contains some brown

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