\ 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
\ ˈhwā How to pronounce Hue (audio) , ˈwā, 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

cast, color, shade, tincture, tinge, tint, tone

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Examples of hue in a Sentence


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

While skies do often turn green during a tornado, there's no real correlation between the tornado itself and the sickly hue. Kiona Smith-strickland, Popular Mechanics, "The Truth Behind 7 Common Tornado Myths," 9 July 2019 The faded tropical hues on the walls were achieved with chalk paint, a traditional technique that prevents streak marks in Vietnam’s persistent humidity. Anita Sarsidi, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Tropical Getaway in the Vietnam Countryside," 3 July 2019 Jamie Lynn even gave us a video of the transformation, going from her trademark blonde to the darker hue. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jamie Lynn Spears Has Brown Hair Now and Looks Totally Different," 3 July 2019 Although the color isn’t associated with American patriotism, the retailer, starting today, is leaning into the hue for the Fourth of July as a sign of unity—a blend of Old Glory’s red, white, and blue. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "Old Navy Launches Purple 4th Inclusion-and-Unity Campaign," 25 June 2019 The dark purple hue made her angular face look intense and gothic. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "World Cup 2019: There’s Not Going to Be a Marta Forever," 24 June 2019 The walls are painted a calming blue — Sherwin Williams North Star — and other shades of the hue add to the space’s cool, comfortable feel. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This luxury Highlands home was 3 years in the making. See why it was worth wait," 20 June 2019 The royal sisters made a day of it in blue, though different shades of the hue. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie Color-Coordinate for Royal Ascot 2019," 18 June 2019 Coconut oil contributes to a juicy texture and beets yield the red meat-like hue, according to the company. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "Beyond meat introduces new, meatier plant-based burger," 11 June 2019

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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


\ 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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