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 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 Vanya arrives on October 12, 1963, still clad in her monochrome White Violin getup. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Binge Club: Umbrella Academy Season 2 Recap," 3 Aug. 2020 In this mostly monochrome print, Diary: Oct. 25th ’73, husband and wife perch on green floor-cushions in front of fusuma sliding doors, wearing Western clothes. Eve Sneider, The New York Review of Books, "Days in the Life of Tetsuya Noda," 4 July 2020 The text is displayed below a monochrome photo that allegedly depicts great-grandpa Biden toting a gun. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact Check: Joe Biden's great-grandfather didn't own slaves, fight for Confederacy," 11 June 2020 Spot has a 360-degree field of view for navigation, thanks to stereo monochrome cameras on the front, back, and sides of the robot. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Boston Dynamics now sells a robot dog to the public, starting at $74,500," 17 June 2020 Each release will build in color, print and momentum, from understated monochrome daywear in Drop 1 to a rush of color, casual cuts and slogans in Drop 2. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Rihanna's Fenty Label Kicks Off Its June Releases," 11 June 2020 Karma’s signature badge, a solar eclipse, is notably monochrome, indicating a special high-performance variant — a unique design element shared by the brand’s SC2 concept car. Pr Newswire, Houston Chronicle, "Karma Automotive announces new packages for the 2020 Revero GT," 10 June 2020 If you’re mostly printing black-and-white documents, a monochrome laser printer may be a better choice for you than an inkjet. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "Best wireless printers to shop 2020: Canon, Brother, HP and more," 27 Apr. 2020 These wings are variegated and flecked with pigment, taking on the radiant transparency of monochrome stained glass. Daisy Alioto, The New York Review of Books, "Plagues and Pandemics: Further Reading," 27 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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,, "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

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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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“Monochrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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