\ ˈhyü How to pronounce hue (audio) \

Definition of hue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : overall character or appearance to the mind : complexion, aspect political parties of every hue— Louis Wasserman
2a : 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 sense 2, lightness sense 2a, saturation sense 4


geographical name
\ ˈ(h)wā How to pronounce Hue (audio) , hü-ˈā, hyü-ˈā \
variants: or French Hué

Definition of Hue (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms for hue

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hue in a Sentence

Noun We decorated the room in hues of blue and green. suggested she wear brighter hues to complement her skin tone
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sea ice to the east holds its blue hue as well, as do the clouds and swirling snow. Porter Fox, CNN, 29 Dec. 2021 On each lengthy nail is a different part of a skeleton, painted in a blue hue onto a jet-black base. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 7 Oct. 2021 Of leichtlinii varieties, Blue Danube has dark blue flowers and Caerulea offers a more vivid blue hue. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 But that deep blue hue conceals a real diversity of opinion. John Avlon, CNN, 24 June 2021 According to the Olympics' official website, Richardson has said that her hair hue is a way of expressing herself. Vanessa Etienne,, 22 June 2021 Now that woke capital has shown conclusively that market power can be of a distinctly blue hue, many social conservatives are left asking why state power shouldn’t be red. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 15 June 2021 Indeed, following the Democratic victories in Georgia in 2020, Democrats practically canonized Abrams—and with some reason, for her years of voting rights organizing contributed enormously to the Peach State’s new blue hue. Scott W. Stern, The New Republic, 10 June 2021 Blue 1 is often in marshmallows to brighten their white hue. NBC News, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of hue


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hue


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

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The first known use of hue was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of hue

: a color or a shade of a color
: kind or type


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Kids Definition of hue

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


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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 sense 4a

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