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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Other Words from monochrome


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 For evening-ready attire, look to Ulla Johnson’s resort 2022 collection, where models dressed in monochrome ensembles with cheeky cutout halters and billowing skirts. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 24 June 2021 Full of colourblocking and bold monochrome looks, the joyful 35-piece collection is straight out of the early-aughts party scene, complete with giant flower choker necklaces and brooches, asymmetric ruffles, and midriff cut-outs. Frances Solá-santiago,, 24 June 2021 The simple upper, crafted from a combination of durable beige nylon and suede, feature hook-and-loop fastening straps for a secure fit; and the solid tonal soles, measuring 45 mm, completes the monochrome look and offers the ultimate comfort. Angela Lei, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The company’s logo is curvilinear and all-caps; its towels are photographed held by disembodied hands against hazy monochrome backgrounds. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 3 July 2021 One of only a handful of live shows at Paris Fashion Week, the collaboration between Jones and Scott offered silky layered ensembles in monochrome whites, lilacs and pinks, as well as bold combinations of brown and dayglo green. CNN, 29 June 2021 Full of colorblocking and bold monochrome looks, the joyful 35-piece collection is straight out of the early-aughts party scene, complete with giant flower choker necklaces and brooches, asymmetric ruffles, and midriff cut-outs. Frances Solá-santiago,, 23 June 2021 Irina Shayk wore the coolest monochrome outfit while out in New York City Tuesday with daughter Lea de Seine. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, 23 June 2021 There’s also a brown croc bag from JW Pei (a celebrity favorite), monochrome neck scarves, and perfect menswear shirting. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 22 June 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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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“Monochrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 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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