\ 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 2, 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

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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 But its onset is a milestone for the canal, which earned the nickname Lavender Lake for its unnatural hue. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 For maximum hydration, Kérastase's Blond Absolu formula is supercharged with hyaluronic acid as highly concentrated deep purple pigments restore blonde and gray shades to their original hue. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Purple Shampoos to Preserve Your Hair Color in Lockdown," 18 Nov. 2020 Available in tons of colors, including a customizable option, this speaker in his favorite hue will be a gift to remember. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The perfect gifts for every guy on your list," 10 Nov. 2020 Surgeons have removed his colon, its pink hue discolored by an enormous yellow ulcer. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One in a billion: A 4-year-old is plagued by a mysterious, relentless disease. His genome might hold clues.," 18 Dec. 2010 Lean venison is cooked to keep its ruddy hue in a cast-iron skillet, finished with thyme, garlic and butter and sliced to form a circle around nutty-tasting wild rice and sauteed mushrooms. Washington Post, "A reopened Marcel’s reminds me that fine dining, especially now, is about more than food," 6 Nov. 2020 To adapt to climate change, some flowers are darkening their hue to protect themselves from the sun’s radiation, new research shows. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Flowers Are Changing Color in Response To Climate Change," 2 Oct. 2020 Now, she's brought that vision and passion to the launch of MAC's VG26, an all-new, limited-edition matte lipstick in a fiery red hue. Thatiana Diaz,, "Rosalía Is Bringing It Back To Her Roots For This Major Beauty Campaign," 31 Aug. 2020 The dunes in the area had a soft red hue due to iron oxide in the sand, which soaked up the sun's energy and held it. Richard Mason, Arkansas Online, "Warm memories of the Sahara," 23 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hue

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


\ ˈhyü How to pronounce hue (audio) \

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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