monochrome

noun
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

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

Examples of monochrome in a Sentence

Adjective an artist who produces monochrome pencil drawings
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This monochrome backpack from Dagne Dover may look simple on the outside, but its interior is packed with smart compartments for everything from your laptop to your reusable water bottle. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Underscored's top 50 of 2019: The best in home, tech and style," 19 Dec. 2019 The monochrome palette and weighty composition of the finished products are unusual, prompting closer examination of the images and their details. John Otis, New York Times, "Memorializing a New York Neighborhood With a 19th-Century Technique," 18 Dec. 2019 His sculpture, hyperemotional and vividly colored, is challenging, especially to modern sensibilities more accustomed to the blank whiteness of marble, or the monochrome luster of bronze. Philip Kennicott, Houston Chronicle, "This 16-century Spanish sculptor changed how his country looked at religious art," 11 Dec. 2019 Wearing clashing prints and layering them together happens to be a great way to add a bit of spice to an otherwise monochrome fall-wardrobe palette. Vogue, "The Clash: How to Mix Wild Prints Like the Best-Dressed Stars of Paris Fashion Week," 1 Oct. 2019 His sculpture, hyperemotional and vividly colored, is challenging, especially to modern sensibilities more accustomed to the blank whiteness of marble, or the monochrome luster of bronze. Philip Kennicott, Houston Chronicle, "This 16-century Spanish sculptor changed how his country looked at religious art," 11 Dec. 2019 The ensemble first emerges monochrome from the shadows of the stage to face the audience head-on, accompanied by a mix of church music and beatboxing. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cyrano de Bergerac': Theater Review," 8 Dec. 2019 But when intense Texas droughts set in, dead brown patches deface the Kelly green monochrome. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "Cookie-Cutter Suburbs Could Help Spread Sustainable Yards," 3 Dec. 2019 His sculpture, hyperemotional and vividly colored, is challenging, especially to modern sensibilities more accustomed to the blank whiteness of marble, or the monochrome luster of bronze. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "This 16-century Spanish sculptor changed how his country looked at religious art," 2 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Throughout the film, her look hinges on loose chestnut finger waves and soft, monochrome washes of crimson on the eyes and mouth. Vogue, "Who's the Best Beauty Muse for 2019? 11 Celebrity Icons for a Knockout Year Ahead," 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, 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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The first known use of monochrome was in 1662

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5 Jan 2020

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“Monochrome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monochrome. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for monochrome

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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