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

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In other words, monochrome has never looked so fresh. Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Diplo, Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky, SZA, and More," 16 Mar. 2019 The look wasn't too far off from the monochrome pre-baby shower ensemble Meghan was seen wearing earlier today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 The rear camera is still 16 megapixels with a f/2.2 aperture, though the 20-megapixel monochrome secondary sensor has been replaced with a more pedestrian 2-megapixel component. Sam Byford, The Verge, "The Honor Play is a gaming phone with ‘GPU Turbo’ and AI-powered rumble," 25 Aug. 2018 At the time, Miley wore playful, pastel tweed separates by the French fashion house and Liam went monochrome in deep green with a velvet blazer. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Are the Hottest Couple at the Oscars After Party," 25 Feb. 2019 Williams' sweet and subtle monochrome mauve makeup look was created by makeup artist Kindra Mann, who used Urban Decay's new GoT-themed products on the 21-year-old. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 Style-wise, Hillestad keeps things fairly low-key (give or take some Latex trousers) and monochrome. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Catching Up with Carmen Maria Hillestad, The Olso Beauty Who Traded Modeling for Music," 20 Aug. 2018 Social media couldn't help but gush over her spot-on red carpet look, with lots of fans applauding the monochrome ensemble paired with nude heels. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See Jamie Lee Curtis Absolutely Crush the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 Miley took the monochrome route with red heeled sandals and a rosy lip to match her frothy Valentino number. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Sheer Valentino Gown on the Red Carpet Without Liam Hemsworth," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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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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