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 If Jordan seemed remote to some, Landrum struck an affable, down-to-earth tone. Matt Sledge,, "Once the interim Orleans district attorney, Keva Landrum now seeks full term," 14 Oct. 2020 Using Lorenzo’s signature natural earth tone hues, the opticals include light gradient wash lenses and are available in two eye sizes. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Fear of God Collaborates With Barton Perreira On A Pair Of Opticals," 24 June 2020 This neutral and natural palette ignites a feeling of calm (which is needed right about now) through using botanical and earth tones. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "8 Spring Decorating Trends To Liven Up Your Home Decor," 18 Apr. 2020 Beautiful rooms in earth tones have Brazilian hardwood floors, antiques such as Chinese bamboo storage trunks and Indian ivory cabinets, and mahogany soaking tubs. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Spring Break Destinations for Grown-Ups," 21 Feb. 2020 With gravel, however, the facial expression now shifts from pain to determination, and the colors lighten from blacks and grays to earth tones with splashes of camo and safety orange. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, "Your New Guide to Cycling Style, As Informed by Gravel," 11 Dec. 2019 Choose a palette like earth tones, neutrals, pastels or blues. New York Times, "How to Make Your Travel Clothes Pop on Instagram," 29 Oct. 2019 The show started with asymmetrical skirts in large, dyed patchwork denim paired with slouchy jackets and hobo bags in earth tones. Washington Post, "Before Oscars, stars pack Tom Ford’s fashion week show in LA," 8 Feb. 2020 The exterior façade features long tiles in earth tones. Anne Saker,, "Five things to know about TriHealth's just-opened cancer center at Bethesda North," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of earth tone

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earth tone was in 1973

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“Earth tone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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earth tone


English Language Learners Definition of earth tone

chiefly US : a color that contains some brown

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