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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There's inspiration for you too, in the form of mirrored ceilings, modernist furniture, and monochrome tile in the style of Jean-Pierre Raynaud. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Instagram Account of '80s Decor Will Be Your New Favorite Follow," 28 June 2019 Whereas the men adhered to the dapper-yet-understated dress code required by Ascot's Royal Enclosure, and the Queen was up to her usual monochrome antics (this time, in blue), Maxima's entire head was obscured by a veritable bouquet of fake flowers. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Maxima of the Netherlands Wears a Show-Stopping Hat to Royal Ascot," 18 June 2019 NavCam-1 used its 5 Megapixel monochrome camera for the shot. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Just Took a Breathtakingly Close Photo of This Asteroid," 18 June 2019 Cohn said the restaurant/bar didn’t need modernizing, but its interior is too masculine and monochrome. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cohn Restaurant Group to take over, revamp failing Carmel Valley tavern," 8 June 2019 Eugenie, 29, went for a fresh monochrome ensemble with a nude Sandro wrap dress, which included a slightly sheer pleated skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice Hit Up the Queen's Garden Party in Style," 29 May 2019 Rita Moreno, who starred in the original West Side Story, also makes the list in printed corsets, as does Goodfellas babe Debi Mazar in an S&M leather bodysuit and a monochrome Tweety Bird ensemble. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Let Gabriel Held’s #unsungsherooffashion Be Your 2019 Style Touchstone," 7 Jan. 2019 But while Es Devlin’s superb set, delicately lighted by Oliver Fenwick, has shifted to reveal a completely detailed living area, rendered in monochrome, Ms. Mulligan is again called upon to fill in blanks. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Carey Mulligan Tells a Harrowing Tale of ‘Girls & Boys’," 27 June 2018 For her part, Queen Elizabeth sported a Stewart Parvin monochrome look, and a hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan—all in a very Easter-appropriate shade of bright yellow. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 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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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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