mono·​chrome | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkrōm How to pronounce monochrome (audio) \

Definition of monochrome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a painting, drawing, or photograph in a single hue



Definition of monochrome (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or made with a single color or hue
2 : involving or producing visual images in a single color or in varying tones of a single color (such as gray) monochrome film

Other Words from monochrome


monochromic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈkrō-​mik How to pronounce monochrome (audio) \ adjective
monochromist \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌkrō-​mist How to pronounce monochrome (audio) \ noun

Examples of monochrome in a Sentence

Adjective an artist who produces monochrome pencil drawings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The monochrome suit has transcended notions of being reserved for the office and now makes for a beautiful option for summer wedding dressing, alfresco brunch ensembles, and girls’ nights out. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 13 May 2022 First-generation iPods, which came onto the market in 2001, can be identified by their monochrome display and the control buttons — play, menu, next and previous — being in a circle around the navigation wheel. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 12 May 2022 Rihanna shares a kiss with her boyfriend, who went monochrome in an all-red outfit. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 May 2022 His monochrome 1971 Oscars look — a blue velvet blazer and matching bow tie — is timeless. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Her monochrome makeup starts with a few shades of pink eye shadow that makeup artist Alexx Mayo blended into a cut crease on her lid with lengthy lashes. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 27 Apr. 2022 Blake Lively dared to wear one of the toughest colors to pull off in a monochrome look: bright orange. ELLE, 25 Apr. 2022 Both screens are monochrome OLEDs, but the increase in size also comes with a bump to resolution. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 There are three cameras on the back: a 64MP main lens, a monochrome camera, and a macro lens. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 19 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, certain aggressively monochrome outfits could double as Halloween costumes. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 Most startling are two small, fragmentary paintings that are irregular forms layered with nearly monochrome paint. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, 28 Apr. 2021 With this launch, a historically monochrome collection turns technicolor thanks to the widest selection of colored gemstones that has ever been used in a Richard Mille series. Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Dec. 2020 There were plenty of period references in the toy-block geometries of the silhouettes, the drop-waist dresses, the skinny skirts in an almost monochrome palette. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2020 Madewell Three-Pack Non-Medical Face Masks These simple, monochrome masks come in packs of three and are made out of three layers of cotton, from leftover clothing scraps. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, 22 May 2020 On a recent listless winter Saturday afternoon, the only thing grayer than the cool, monochrome buildings at Glenstone was the flat, impenetrable sky. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 Throughout the film, her look hinges on loose chestnut finger waves and soft, monochrome washes of crimson on the eyes and mouth. Vogue, 5 Jan. 2019 The best of these is the title number, which concludes the show in a blaze of uplift and redeems Segarra’s emotionally monochrome performance. Julia M. Klein,, 5 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of monochrome


1662, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monochrome


Medieval Latin monochroma, from Latin, feminine of monochromos of one color, from Greek monochrōmos, from mon- + -chrōmos -chrome

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“Monochrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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