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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Juliana Vallejo of Falls Church, Va.,creates big abstract expressionistic canvasses filled with bold hues. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018 These days, however, his ambitions have taken on a more national hue. Chanan Tigay, GQ, "Eric Garcetti Is the Anti-Trump, Pro–Star Wars Man We Need," 12 June 2018 Your eyelids can get red as part of all that inflammation, and your actual eyes can take on a red hue if the blood vessels in your conjunctiva (the mucous membrane on the front of your eyes and the insides of your eyelids) widen due to irritation. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Symptoms of Blepharitis, a Bizarre Condition That Can Affect Your Eyes," 7 June 2018 What would be a standard dispute between neighbors in another region takes on a political hue in the Old City. Caron Creighton, BostonGlobe.com, "Ramadan public wakers face arrest, fines in Jerusalem," 6 June 2018 What would be a standard dispute between neighbors in another region takes on a political hue in Jerusalem’s Old City, which is divided into Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Armenian quarters, where residents generally live separately. Washington Post, "Ramadan public wakers face arrest, fines in Jerusalem," 6 June 2018 The answer: a single-process mahogany hue that could be quickly and easily cared for with Hair Rules' Cleansing Cream ($30, hairrules.com) and Quench Conditioner ($30, hairrules.com). Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Just 3 Makeup Products (and a New Hairdo!) Made This Mom Look Like a Whole New Woman," 11 May 2018 That anxiety has taken on an anti-Islamic hue in recent years, with the fear that Muslim Bangladeshis have been settling in the state illegally. The Economist, "Elections in north-east India highlight the BJP’s political savvy," 22 Feb. 2018 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

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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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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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