Definition of indigo
1a : a blue vat dye obtained from plants (such as indigo plants)b : the principal coloring matter C16H10N2O2 of natural indigo usually synthesized as a blue powder with a coppery luster
2 : indigo plant
3 : a deep reddish blue
Recent Examples of indigo from the Web
Monochromatic styles prevail once again and are exemplary of just the right amount of indigo in a jean-on-jean ensemble.
The name does not allude to the muslin headdress, dyed with indigo, but rather because the dye gradually leeches out into the skin of the wearer.
The sky, bleached by the afternoon sun, was robin's egg blue at the horizon, darkening to indigo directly overhead.
The Tungsten is distinguished from the more plebeian Ram Limited by a segment-first suede headliner, exclusive white-and-indigo leather not unlike that in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, real wood trim, and body-color exterior components.
Blacks with undertones of indigo are already set to take over homes in 2018.
Within minutes, we were surrounded by pines, a vast indigo lake sprawling below us.
Like most river-flanking lands in lower Louisiana, this area had been cleared of vegetation starting in the 1720s for mixed-crop farms or enslaved plantations of rice, indigo and, after 1795, sugar cane.
Reliquary This Hayes Valley spot is known for Japanese-indigo jackets, handwoven leather bags, and small-batch scents from D.S. & Durga.
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Origin and Etymology of indigo
Italian dialect, from Latin indicum, from Greek indikon, from neuter of indikos Indic, from Indos India
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
INDIGO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indigo for English Language Learners
: a deep purplish-blue color
INDIGO Defined for Kids
Definition of indigo for Students
1 : a blue dye made artificially or obtained especially formerly from plants (indigo plants)
2 : a deep purplish blue
Medical Definition of indigo
1a: a blue dye obtained from indigo plants (as Indigofera tinctoria of Africa and India, I. anil of South America, and I. auriculata of Arabia and Egypt)b: the principal coloring matter C16H10N2O2 of natural indigo usually synthesized as a blue powder with a coppery luster—called also indigotin
2: indigo plant
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