hue

noun
\ 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

Hue

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

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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Vibrantly shot in hot hues and swirling camera movements by the cinematographer Alfredo Altamirano, the Azteca shocks, unnerves and thoroughly intoxicates the two teenagers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘This Is Not Berlin’ vividly conjures a bygone Mexican counterculture," 12 Sep. 2019 The 37-year-old Williams showed herself to be a fan of bold prints, in hues like purple or bright blue, or in black and white. BostonGlobe.com, "went from the court to the runway to present the latest collection of her fashion label, S by Serena.," 12 Sep. 2019 The 37-year-old Williams showed herself to be a fan of bold prints, in hues like purple or bright blue, or in black and white. Washington Post, "Tennis court to runway: Serena Williams hits Fashion Week," 10 Sep. 2019 They have been flaunted recently in dazzling hues on golf courses and during private parties at seaside villas, heralded on Instagram fanboy accounts and Rodeo Drive parades orchestrated for YouTube. Hannah Elliottbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Have we hit peak supercar?," 9 Sep. 2019 The three-story center is painted with African and Jewish symbols in vibrant hues. Kaitlin Mccallum, courant.com, "Kamora’s Cultural Corner bridges a divide between black, queer and intercultural communities," 4 Sep. 2019 Her sons, three-year-old Saint and three-month-old Psalm, were also in tow, wearing swim shorts in dark hues. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Matches Swimsuits with Her Kids on Vacation in the Bahamas," 21 Aug. 2019 Soft fabrics in neutral hues lend themselves to their surroundings—in this case, the Carbis Bay Estate, built in 1894. Erin Cunningham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Vintage-Inspired Outfits to Wear on Vacation This Summer," 1 Aug. 2019 Linger until after the sun ducks behind the cliffs to shoot from behind the chapel as Sedona's lights glitter in dusk's purple hues. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 July 2019

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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 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.

hue

noun
\ ˈhyü How to pronounce hue (audio) \

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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