hue

noun
\ ˈhyü \

Definition of hue

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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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Rest assured, though, the character's final form will represent Genie's signature hue. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here’s Your First Peek at the “Aladdin” Live-Action Cast in Their Movie Wardrobe," 19 Dec. 2018 The Guardian’s architecture critic gained remarkable access to the world’s most secretive city, examined here alongside over 300 of Wainwright’s own photos, dominated by symmetrical buildings and sickly pastel hues. Curbed Staff, Curbed, "18 enticing new books on design, cities, and more," 14 Dec. 2018 Think autumnal hues for Thanksgiving, green for St. Patrick's Day, pastels for Easter, and so on. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Is the Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipe on Pinterest This Year," 7 Nov. 2018 And according to Fashionista, head makeup artist Candice Stafford-Bridge made very intentional choices when selecting what hues would be seen on the show's spell-casting lips. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Lipsticks Worn by the Witches of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Surprisingly Pricey," 1 Nov. 2018 Virgin Atlantic Vivienne Westwood’s glamorous crew uniforms are a throwback to 1940s French couture designs, with a narrow-cut silhouette (a classic Westwood look) in the airline’s iconic red hue. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 15 Oct. 2018 The animation itself charms: the grays and dark hues of human life in the USSR contrast brilliantly with all the color found in these animals and their new home planet. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets," 14 Oct. 2018 The toy was originally offered in about 20 color combinations, with Gold and Creamy Pink being among the rarest—and most collectible—hues. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "We Drive the Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro SS," 12 Oct. 2018 Foods with deep red hues such as beets, rhubarb, and berries can make your pee look red, according to the Mayo Clinic. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 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 \

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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