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

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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 Didn’t understand the appeal of Yeezy’s monochrome spandex girdles? Allison P. Davis, Vulture, "The End of Kimye’s Wild Ride," 26 Apr. 2021 Adding to the drama of their crimson gowns, Amanda Seyfried wore a monochrome burgundy eye and lip combination, while Angela Bassett smoked out her gaze in an electric purple eyeshadow. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From the Oscars 2021," 25 Apr. 2021 To find the balance in it all, the designer turned to nontraditional colors and treatments—two monochrome rooms, for instance, in olive green and dusty rose—that feel modern but underscore historic details. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Melanie Turner Gives an Old Atlanta Home New Life With Modern Accents and Unexpected Color Combinations," 8 Apr. 2021 His monochrome photos vividly captured Miami throughout an unprecedented time of civil protest and life during COVID-19. Chadd Scott, Forbes, "The Art Of Black Miami," 17 Mar. 2021 The high-contrast, hyperreal monochrome images are strikingly, almost impossibly formal at times, and Gunda herself can work a rim-light halo better than Marlene Dietrich. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Gunda’ proves to be a wordlessly sublime slice of porcine life down on the farm," 15 Apr. 2021 The mural features a monochrome portrait of a teenage girl of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community holding a red rose, painted by El Mac. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "New downtown Phoenix mural is about representation of 'the original people of this Valley'," 15 Apr. 2021 Contrary to bright canary yellows, this gentler iteration is suited for a monochrome look. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, "Summer Color Trends That Double as Mood Boosters," 13 Apr. 2021 Control the color of the bulbs using the remote to switch between a monochrome look and patterned to play up your space. Southern Living, "11 Outdoor String Light Sets from Amazon That Will Transform Your Porch," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most startling are two small, fragmentary paintings that are irregular forms layered with nearly monochrome paint. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, "Joshua Hagler’s exuberantly sullen paintings at Cris Worley Fine Arts speak to creation, death," 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, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 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, "The Gender Reveal That Doesn’t," 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, "Branded cloth face masks from Etsy and Disney: What to know," 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, "In an endless news cycle, art at Glenstone both echoes and quiets the chaos," 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, "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,, "'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

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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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The first known use of monochrome was in 1662

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3 May 2021

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“Monochrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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