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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And Jesy's look, which was on the more subdued end of the spectrum, featured a somewhat monochromatic palette of pinks and purples, shimmering in shadow on her top lids and the inner corners of her eyes. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Little Mix Celebrates Pride with Rainbow Makeup and a Message for LGBTQ+ Fans," 9 July 2018 Chen's smoky terracotta shadow and brick-red lips helped pull together his monochromatic red outfit, and his auburn hair even coordinated with the fiery look. 2. Devon Abelman, Allure, "9 Amazing Beauty Moments Looks from EXO-CBX's "Blooming Day" Music Video," 10 Apr. 2018 The room's design stayed true to Dior's love for monochromatic palettes, while also emphasizing the gold accents of his latest collection, including a silk chiffon skirt hemmed with gold leaf and a silk chiffon dress with silver and gold embroidery. Christina Oehler, ELLE Decor, "Christian Dior's Paris Fashion Week Venue Is The Most Calming Thing You'll See Today," 13 July 2016 But even the monochromatic look can be updated and adapted for current trends. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This New Brand Has Mastered Western Style," 13 July 2018 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

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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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