mono·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌmä-nə-krō-ˈma-tik \

Definition of monochromatic

1a : having or consisting of one color or hue a monochromatic winter scene
b : monochrome sense 2 monochromatic photogaphs
2 : consisting of radiation of a single wavelength (see wavelength sense 1) or of a very small range of wavelengths
3 : of, relating to, or exhibiting monochromatism
4 : lacking variety, creativity, or excitement : colorless

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Other Words from monochromatic

monochromatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb
monochromaticity \ -​ˌkrō-​mə-​ˈti-​sə-​tē \ noun

Examples of monochromatic in a Sentence

It's a monochromatic room with a blue rug and blue furniture. although marble and bronze sculptures are monochromatic, they can be amazingly lifelike

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The home’s monochromatic palette is intended to contrast against the green trees and white snow that surround it. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Super modern ski chalet is a wintertime dream," 29 Nov. 2018 Your dining table is part of the ambience, and Flanigan -- who loves a simple monochromatic look that uses different textures for visual interest -- suggests layers of simple white plates with white linen napkins and table runner. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "For date night in, set a table that sets a mood," 12 Feb. 2018 Photographer Peter Steinhauer’s book Cocoons beautifully captures rising towers wrapped in monochromatic construction scrims. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 For those of you who just love to wear black, the monochromatic moody tones offer the same ease, but with a fashun effect. The Editors, Marie Claire, "Easy Mix-and-Match Outfit Ideas for Fall," 4 Sep. 2018 For me, large monochromatic tones of solid color aren’t interesting. Catherine Dash, Vogue, "How an Interior Stylist Decorates Her Own Home," 14 Jan. 2018 For at least two months, Jesus Ureno worked on his monochromatic piece that is now publicly displayed among the Magnolia ISD Winning Rodeo Art. Meagan Ellsworth, Houston Chronicle, "Magnolia ISD students' winning rodeo art unveiled on the Stroll," 28 Mar. 2018 Minhyuk's Dusty Rose Eyes facebook dialogPinterest Minhyuk's makeup artist seemed to copy-and-paste his hair color into an eye shadow for his monochromatic look. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 Floor-to-ceiling windows on the lower level filter sunlight into the raw concrete spaces, casting a cool glow over the monochromatic interior. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Alejandro Aravena’s Chilean concrete beauty on the market for $1.5M," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of monochromatic

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for monochromatic

Latin monochromatos, from Greek monochrōmatos, from mon- + chrōmat-, chrōma color

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English Language Learners Definition of monochromatic

: having or made up of one color or shades of one color


mono·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌmän-ə-krō-ˈmat-ik \

Medical Definition of monochromatic

1 : having or consisting of one color or hue
2 : consisting of radiation of a single wavelength or of a very small range of wavelengths
3 : of, relating to, or exhibiting monochromatism

Other Words from monochromatic

monochromaticity \ -​ˌkrō-​mə-​ˈtis-​ət-​ē \ noun, plural monochromaticities

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