: overall character or appearance to the mind : complexion, aspect
political parties of every hueLouis Wasserman
: color
all the hues of the rainbow
: gradation of color
the hues and shades of twilightColin Clark
: 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

Example Sentences

We decorated the room in hues of blue and green. decorated the room in hues of blue and green
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hue. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a particular variety of a color : shade
: an aspect of colors that allows them to be identified as red, yellow, green, blue, or something between any two of these colors

Medical Definition


: 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

Geographical Definition


geographical name

ˈ(h)wā How to pronounce Hue (audio)
variants or French Hué
city and port in central Vietnam; formerly capital of Annam population 302,983

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