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 tone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of earth tone in a Sentence

She wears a lot of earth tones.
Recent Examples on the Web McKinley currently is designing two residential projects with rich earth tone color schemes, deep low-slung furniture, open floor plans and sunken living room. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 24 Mar. 2022 Barnes, who lived in the Seattle area, was found partly concealed with a dark, earth tone, floral sleeping bag by a passerby along the shoulder of a roadway in Kitsap County on Aug. 25, 1995. Christine Pelisek,, 14 Mar. 2022 The usual would be those earth tone greens and browns. Greg Emmanuel, Essence, 1 Oct. 2021 Jennifer Lopez has stepped out in the brand's classic black masks, Hilary Duff often wears the neutral or earth tone variety packs, and Jennifer Garner showed off one of the brand's new fall colors just a few weeks ago. Claire Harmeyer,, 14 Oct. 2021 Her nude fashion and earth tone mask collections have become the best and most practical staple items to wear during the pandemic. Malik Peay, Essence, 25 May 2021 Rooms appear tall and spacious in the subdued earth tone color scheme, while tables and countertops are largely left bare -- aside from the odd ornament or desk lamp. Leah Dolan, CNN, 3 Aug. 2021 These palettes come in a variety of earth tone colors, are easy to blend and look natural on your lids. Sarai Thompson, CNN Underscored, 9 Mar. 2021 If Jordan seemed remote to some, Landrum struck an affable, down-to-earth tone. Matt Sledge,, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of earth tone

1973, in the meaning defined above

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8 Apr 2022

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“Earth tone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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