hue

noun
\ 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

Hue

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

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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Additionally, its champagne-gold hue flatters a variety of different skin tones which is always a plus. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Too Faced Dropped a Puppy-Themed Highlighter, and It's Almost Too Cute to Use," 8 May 2019 My shade is Medium Brown, which is deeper and warmer than my natural brow hue. Amber Katz, Glamour, "I Started Eyebrow Tinting With Mustache Dye, and It Changed My Life," 29 Mar. 2019 One of the vintage hues is an eye-catching yellow not far from what happens to be Ogundehin’s pick for this year’s trendiest color: mustard. Stephen Wallis, Town & Country, "This Polar Bear Sofa Is Beloved By the Very Rich," 15 Apr. 2019 There are a bunch of hues trending for spring, including copper penny (think Emma Stone), baby blonde (like on Miley Cyrus), and warm brunette (hello, Constance Wu). Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ash Mauve Hair Is the Smoky New Hair-Color Trend For Spring," 5 Apr. 2019 His exquisitely modulated, serial views of haystacks, cathedral façades and rows of poplars in changing light, conjured up by stabs and strokes of subtly varied hues, are paradigms of 19th-century modernism. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Monet: The Late Years’ Review: Radiant Inspiration to the Very End," 2 Apr. 2019 The Gerbera variety, recognizable by their large flowering heads, is available in an assortment of peppy hues, which gives them the additional meaning of cheerfulness. Carly Orleach, Woman's Day, "How to Make Fresh Flowers Last Longer," 15 Feb. 2019 Manufacturers are dishing up kitchen options in a new rainbow of hues. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 At every stop, we were awed by the scenery, from the astonishing palette of earthy hues to the stone shapes etching land and sky. Beth J. Harpaz, chicagotribune.com, "Badlands and history in Theodore Roosevelt National Park," 5 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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hue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hue

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

hue

noun
\ 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.

hue

noun
\ ˈhyü How to pronounce hue (audio) \

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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