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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Design flourish: The living room is completely monochromatic. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 Abloh opted for a pair of camo pants, whereas Skepta kept his look monochromatic, albeit accessorizing with matching yellow sunglasses and a crossbody studded Prada bag—a refined version of yet another raver staple—with a studded strap. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Skepta and Virgil Abloh Bring Back This Iconic Raver Fashion Statement," 11 June 2018 Bond managers emphasize that the picture for retailers is not monochromatic. Norm Alster, New York Times, "Bulging Debt May Spell Trouble for Energy, Telecom and Retail," 13 Apr. 2018 The Black Label is breathtaking and monochromatic, with the color perfectly matched on every material. Mark Phelan,, "Toyota Camry, Kia Stinger win best car interior award," 31 May 2018 After a review of the basics of color, including monochromatic, opposite, contrasting and harmonious, we are guided through the planting and cultivation process. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff,, "Garden book review: Bold, beautiful 'Flower-Powered Garden'," 30 May 2018 George and Amal Clooney were arguably the most show-stopping celebrity pair at Saturday's royal wedding, as the human rights lawyer stunned in a monochromatic Stella McCartney ensemble and the Hollywood actor looked dapper in a gray suit. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "George Clooney Served Shots of Tequila at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Wedding Reception," 23 May 2018 Davy is wearing a monochromatic navy ensemble with a feathered fascinator and a navy cape-like cardigan on top. Diana Pearl,, "Prince Harry's Ex-Girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas Arrive at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 In addition to being England’s longest-reigning monarch after taking the crown in 1953, Queen Elizabeth has also become a style icon in her own right, with her now-signature look of bright monochromatic ensembles. Cady Lang, Time, "Why Queen Elizabeth Wore Bright Colors to the Royal Wedding," 19 May 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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