hue

noun
\ ˈhyü \

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

Hue

geographical name
\ ˈhwā , 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

Noun

We decorated the room in hues of blue and green. suggested she wear brighter hues to complement her skin tone

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The leaves are on long, arching stems and are deeply serrated, with leaf petioles having a hot pink hue. Norman Winter, sacbee, "Soon, you’ll be playing that Funky Pink in your displays," 6 July 2018 Indigo Intel The blue base is cut with subtle white threads for a dusty cornflower blue hue. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Chambray Shirt: Why Every Man Needs This All-American Staple," 3 July 2018 Getty Images Getty Images Unlike Meghan, who opted for a nude hue Givenchy dress with a layered cape, Kate sat alongside the Queen in a blue, peplum suit by L.K. Bennet and a black fascinator by James Lock. Ruby Buddemeyer, Marie Claire, "Here's How Meghan Markle's First Event with the Queen Compares to Kate Middleton's," 14 June 2018 More photos Dressed in a blue jumpsuit and fanny pack, Rios’ hair is shaded with a purple hue. Benjamin Oreskes, www.latimes.com, "Many people work hard to avoid the homeless. These volunteers embrace them," 7 June 2018 The polishes range from a blush hue to this Deep Teal shade that looks like the open ocean. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "3 of the Prettiest Nail Polishes in the Prettiest Bottles," 24 May 2018 Some segmented worms have blood with a greenish hue. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "These Lizards Evolved Toxic Green Blood," 17 May 2018 With a very consistent appearance, minimal veining and a light hue, quartz is especially popular in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms. Michelle Martin For Toll Brothers, Detroit Free Press, "Top 6 trends in the kitchen and bath," 16 May 2018 Essie’s gel couture avant-garde collection in Avant-Garment is a hot hue and worthy of the makeup bag space. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Packing the ultimate weekender: Our favorite products for your carry-on or beach bag," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hue

Noun

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

History and Etymology for hue

Noun

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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More Definitions for hue

hue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hue

: a color or a shade of a color

: kind or type

hue

noun
\ ˈhyü \

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.

hue

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 sense 4a

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