\ 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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So were cocktails, especially those with over-the-top garnishes, bright hues and outrageous drinking vessels (even snow globes). Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "6 drinking trends to anticipate in 2020," 4 Jan. 2020 The ’Stick was suddenly converted into a place of myth, layered with emotional weight and golden hues. Ann Killion,, "Time for Levi’s Stadium to break its ‘curse’ over the 49ers," 2 Jan. 2020 The Otter + Pop Figura cases for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max give you the durability of Otterbox with the functionally of a PopSocket in some fun new hues. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Otter + Pop Figura cases for the iPhone 11 family mix form and function," 26 Dec. 2019 While most of the color photos have documentary elements, some of them focus entirely on forms and hues. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Time Capsule’ retrospective highlights jazz’s influence on Frank Stewart," 20 Dec. 2019 Sukhada expresses her emotions through her artwork using vibrant hues and inspiration from the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Jean Chen Smith,, "2019 holiday gift guide: The swanky edition," 18 Dec. 2019 By evening, the thrumming settles over the rooftops of South Philly as sunset’s hues deepen and drip into the folds of the city streets. Dina Litovsky, National Geographic, "Here’s why you’ll fall in love with Philadelphia," 14 Dec. 2019 Its special formula deactivates water’s hue-fading chlorine ions. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Tide Detergents," 13 Dec. 2019 Royal blue, teal and yellow mustard hues combine for a pleasing color palette with a mishmash of tile, blond wood tables and sleek light fixtures contributing to the vibrant aesthetic. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This biscuit-based breakfast spot is taking over Louisville — and is 'worth every crumb'," 11 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hue.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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