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 After picking up the Urban Luxe Award for Fenty, the fashion mogul kept her Fulani braids but ditched her Cinderella-esque mint outfit from the red carpet for another monochrome ensemble -- this time in all black. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "See Rihanna's Chic, All-Black Ensemble at Fenty Afterparty in London," 3 Dec. 2019 Gigi HadidWe mentioned monochrome is huge right now, right? Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "How to Wear Colorful Trousers at the Office, According to Royals and Celebrities," 23 Nov. 2019 Or the high-fashion runway looks of monochrome, body-encasing shapes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020 Swipe to pick a filter, choosing between Noir's moody monochrome, Aria's '60s swank, or the scratchy, desaturated color of Ranger, then shoot your clip. Michael Calore, Wired, "The Essential App Pack for Creating Awesome Social Videos," 21 Apr. 2020 This follows a confident and striking titles sequence displaying photographer Cafuxi's atmospheric monochrome images of the Atlantic-facing metropolis, home to some eight million people. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Air Conditioner' ('Ar condicionado'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 When Edwin Catmull arrived at the University of Utah’s graphics lab as a grad student in 1970, its state-of-the-art monochrome monitors showed only blocky shapes made from polygons. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Pixar Pioneers Win the Computing Industry's 'Nobel' Prize," 18 Mar. 2020 As Daniel/Tomasz ministers to a cynical, guilt-ridden, utterly confused congregation, cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski captures the haze of faint religious and moral tradition (in near monochrome with faint color). Armond White, National Review, "Polish Oscar Nominee Corpus Christi Preaches Forgiveness," 20 Feb. 2020 The oversized jacket perfectly complemented her mini slip, and the monochrome champagne made the former Quantico star look even more angelic than usual. Erin Parker, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra’s Satin Blazer Is a Must-Have for Winter Style," 3 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, 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

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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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24 May 2020

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“Monochrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monochrome. Accessed 2 Jun. 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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