monochrome

noun
mono·​chrome | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkrōm \

Definition of monochrome

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

monochrome

adjective

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

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Other Words from monochrome

Noun

monochromic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈkrō-​mik \ adjective
monochromist \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌkrō-​mist \ noun

Examples of monochrome in a Sentence

Adjective

an artist who produces monochrome pencil drawings

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Set principally at Bergen-Belsen after its postwar conversion to a camp for displaced persons, this nuanced story of rejuvenation and romance in the aftermath of cataclysm is enhanced by Ms. Stamper’s own monochrome artwork. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Best of 2018," 7 Dec. 2018 Ferguson arrived with her and Prince Andrew's older daughter, Princess Beatrice, who also went monochrome in an indigo Ralph & Russo ensemble. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson's Green Royal Wedding Dress Was a Subtle Tribute to Her Wedding to Prince Andrew," 12 Nov. 2018 The Crown’s Foy swapped her twinset and pearls for a dramatic monochrome Alexander McQueen dress (with spidery black flowers) and custom Louboutins. Vogue, "Claire Foy, Idris Elba, Anna Wintour, Sophie Okonedo, Ralph Fiennes, and the Cast of Hamilton Fete the 64th Evening Standard Theatre Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, Doria wore a monochrome beige ensemble and ditched the coat for a fringe shawl. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Blue Smythe Coat to Her Cookbook Launch Party at Kensington Palace," 20 Sep. 2018 Outside the window, the January supermoon is rising above the fjord, bathing the landscape in a monochrome of blue and white. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 Kim Kardashian broke her streak of body-hugging, monochrome, Yeezy-esque outfits for a bold number literally covered in dollars last night. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian's Money Outfit Has More Dollars Than My Bank Account," 28 Sep. 2018 There's a glow-in-the-dark map of the game's West Virginia environs, a set of 24 plastic, monochrome minis, and a steelbook case to house the game's, er, cardboard insert of a download code. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to," 13 Nov. 2018 Meghan's Figue dress today is a fun, vibrant departure from the monochrome dresses she's worn so far during the Fiji leg of her royal tour, which have included a white Reformation dress for the day and a caped Safiyaa gown for the evening banquet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Pink Ruffled Dress with Pom-Poms by Figue in Fiji," 23 Oct. 2018

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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, Philly.com, "'Big Red Sun': Search through history and music for truth about father, self," 5 June 2018 The first was a sunny, monochrome look from Brandon Maxwell's Spring 2018 collection, which just hit the runway at New York Fashion Week last month. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Has Already Worn Five Outfits Today," 16 Oct. 2017 Beyond its history, Malta's landscape offers a natural, if hauntingly monochrome beauty amid the brilliant blues of the surrounding sea and sky. Roy Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Malta, the island nation just below Sicily, is an increasingly popular stopover," 28 Aug. 2017 Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 11 Mar. 2017 Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 11 Mar. 2017 Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 11 Mar. 2017 Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less intellectually monochrome. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: A place to learn and celebrate America’s foundational principles," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of monochrome

Noun

1662, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monochrome

Noun

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

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monochrome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of monochrome

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

: using or showing only black and white and shades of gray

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