\ 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

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The caftans gave way to fancier dresses, like a stunning embroidered moire gown in a peacock hue. Washington Post, "Dominican vibes and a youthful feel at Oscar de la Renta," 11 Sep. 2019 Kabaj Rebula 2014 Brassy and vivid in hue, this mature beauty offers baked apricot and tea on the nose, leading to a palate that’s minerally and high-toned, full of appetizing tang, weight, and gentle grip. Ellen Bhang,, "Drink your colors. Orange wines make it easy.," 27 Aug. 2019 Nail the look by sticking to the classics, but make sure they're done in a can't-miss-'em hue. Caylin Harris, Country Living, "The Best 'Big Little Lies' Costumes That'll Make You One of the Monterey 5 for Halloween," 23 Aug. 2019 Bed includes a line of sheets and pillowcases in a milky off-white hue. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Virgil Abloh’s first home goods collection is understated with a twist," 16 Aug. 2019 Some of them are distressingly neon in hue, and yes, a few sips may dye your tongue to match. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "It's 7-Eleven Day, which means free Slurpees for all. Here's what you need to know about America's favorite slush," 11 July 2019 The picture was actually of the Moon during the July 2018 lunar eclipse that bathed the celestial body in a red hue. Fox News, "Elon Musk blasted for mistaking Moon and Mars on Twitter," 24 June 2019 However, this time, Madrid's sponsors have gone along with the theme as well, with the Fly Emirates logo printed in the same hue., "Real Madrid Home Kit 2019/20: Los Blancos Unveil New Shirt for Next Season," 7 June 2019 Amal wore a custom one-shoulder tiered fringe dress in an exquisite champagne hue. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Gives Old Hollywood Glamour Better Than A Movie Star," 10 May 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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