indigo

noun
in·​di·​go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
plural indigos or indigoes

Definition of indigo

1 : a deep reddish blue
3a : 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

Examples of indigo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bags used to build the rainbow cave were salvaged from indigo plastics and reclaimed fishing nets, making them both the subject and object of the installation. Fortune, "This Pop-Up Exhibit in New York City Features Art Made With Only Biodegradable and Recycled Materials," 21 Dec. 2019 At the end of his talk, the executive, dressed in an indigo Nehru jacket, clasped his hands together and bowed before the crowd to great applause. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Amazon’s Bezos Pledges New $1 Billion India Investment Amid Pushback," 15 Jan. 2020 Color of the Year: Blue The hue started catching the eye of tastemakers a few years ago, but this year blue and its moody sibling, indigo, are expected to color more food. Kim Severson, New York Times, "What Will We Eat in 2020? Something Toasted, Something Blue," 30 Dec. 2019 Dolly Parton has many beauty signatures: Sky-high blond hair, indigo blue lids, and ruby red lips among them. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Dolly Parton Reveals She Recorded “9 to 5” Using Her Acrylic Nails as an Instrument," 21 Nov. 2019 Miraitowa’s physical appearance includes the same indigo blue icimatsu-pattern used for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games emblem. Cady Lang, Time, "The 2020 Summer Olympics Mascot Is Miraitowa: Here's What That Means," 27 Dec. 2019 Living Blue is reviving the tradition of sustainable organic indigo dying that first flourished when the country was a British colonial outpost. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Zac Posen and a Team of Bangladeshi Farmers Made Iman’s Dream Gown for CARE’s Impact Awards," 21 Nov. 2019 Akin to maritime blue — not indigo and brighter than navy — Classic Blue evokes a feeling of vast expanse, Pressman said of the shade also known as Pantone 19-4052. Author: Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year," 5 Dec. 2019 Akin to maritime blue — not indigo and brighter than navy — Classic Blue evokes a feeling of vast expanse, Pressman said of the shade also known as Pantone 19-4052. Washington Post, "Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of indigo

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for indigo

Italian dialect, from Latin indicum, from Greek indikon, from neuter of indikos Indic, from Indos India

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“Indigo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indigo. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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indigo

noun
How to pronounce indigo (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of indigo

: a deep purplish-blue color

indigo

noun
in·​di·​go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
plural indigos or indigoes

Kids Definition of indigo

1 : a blue dye made artificially or obtained especially formerly from plants ( indigo plants )
2 : a deep purplish blue

indigo

noun
in·​di·​go | \ ˈin-di-ˌgō How to pronounce indigo (audio) \
plural indigos or indigoes

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

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