hue

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noun \ ˈhyü \

Definition of hue

1 :overall character or appearance to the mind :complexion, aspect
  • political parties of every hue
  • —Louis Wasserman
2 a :color
  • all the hues of the rainbow
b :gradation of color
  • the hues and shades of twilight
  • —Colin Clark
c :the attribute of colors that permits them to be classed as red, yellow, green, blue, or an intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors
  • red with an orange hue
— compare brightness 2, lightness 2, saturation 4

Examples of hue in a Sentence

  1. We decorated the room in hues of blue and green.

  2. suggested she wear brighter hues to complement her skin tone

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Origin and Etymology of hue

Middle English hewe, from Old English hīw; akin to Old Norse plant down, Goth hiwi form


Hue

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geographical name \ ˈhwā , ˈwā , hü-ˈā , hyü-ˈā \
variants: or French Hué

Definition of Hue

city and port in central Vietnam; formerly capital of Annam population 302,983

HUE Defined for English Language Learners

hue

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Definition of hue for English Language Learners

  • : a color or a shade of a color

  • : kind or type


HUE Defined for Kids

hue

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noun \ ˈhyü \

Definition of hue for Students

1 :1color 1
  • Flowers of every hue blossomed.
2 :a shade of a color I decorated my bedroom in hues of blue.

Medical Dictionary

hue

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noun \ ˈhyü \

medical Definition of hue

:the one of the three psychological dimensions of color perception that permits them to be classified as red, yellow, green, blue, or an intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors and that is correlated with the wavelength or the combination of wavelengths comprising the stimulus — compare brightness, saturation 4a


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