\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


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


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

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For those looking to make a colorful statement, there is an alluring powdered pink suit by Sies Marjan and another in a baby blue hue by Mango. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Why a Suit Should Be Any Fall Wedding Guest’s Go-To," 1 Nov. 2018 The Mother of the Bride at Eugenie's Wedding Sarah Ferguson wore a bright green dress with a structured hat in a matching hue. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 The rapper even colored his brows in the trendy hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "28 Pretty Pink Hair-Color Ideas to Inspire Your Next Dye Job," 10 Oct. 2018 The collection, entitled Active by Simone Biles, features a crossbody bag, tote, backpack, and a number of small cosmetic bags designed in a jet black hue with hints of the olympian's favorite color purple. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Teams Up With Accessories Brand Caboodles to Help People Get Organized," 10 Oct. 2018 For proof, look no further than a new cafe that Tiffany opened at the flagship, which is painted in the familiar blue hue that dresses jewelry boxes. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Tiffany’s $250 Million Bet on a 78-Year-Old Store," 1 Sep. 2018 The entire room where the party took place was lit in a pink hue, and silver balloons lined the ceiling. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "9 Juicy Details From Kylie Jenner's Over-The-Top 21st Birthday Party That You Totally Missed," 10 Aug. 2018 This total lunar eclipse will also be a blood moon, a phenomenon that occurs when the eclipse casts a shadow and causes the moon to look reddish or coppery in hue. Southern Living, "July's Blood Moon Will Be the Longest Lunar Eclipse in 100 Years," 11 July 2018 Early Thursday evening as the sun went down in Houston the sky lit up in an orange hue that proved irresistible to locals, who clogged up social media with photos of nature's presentation. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hue

: a color or a shade of a color

: kind or type


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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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