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

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 This past March, the actress appeared at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party in a head-to-toe black monochrome look, composed of a leather gown with a halter neckline featuring a sculptural clawed hand around her neck. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Sep. 2022 Sister Bella, the directional dresser of the family, showed up in coordinating monochrome separates with her boyfriend, Marc Kalman. Alice Newbold, Glamour, 7 Sep. 2022 All Rise star Simone Missick radiated in a neon green, mullet Carolina Herrera gown, while Euphoria star Coleman Domingo played into the monochrome trend in a white cropped Dolce & Gabbana suit. Essence Fashion, Essence, 6 Sep. 2022 For the event, Meghan wore a sleek monochrome red pantsuit over matching suede heels with pointed toes. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 5 Sep. 2022 Their covers typically feature an anonymous man in a hat and overcoat walking alone through a monochrome city to a secret assignation. Dominic Green, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2022 The monochrome color scheme carries over to the cabin, where dark blue is paired with French racing blue. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 31 Aug. 2022 Frames can be assembled and simple monochrome backdrops — or even bedsheets — can be pinned to them in minutes. Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2022 Jennifer Lopez chose a monochrome red strapless top-and-mini skirt ensemble for her 30th birthday that was equal parts casual and glamorous, while Beyoncé opted for a simple tank top and denim mini skirt for her 20th birthday party. Frances Solá-santiago,, 26 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective However, certain aggressively monochrome outfits could double as Halloween costumes. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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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 29 Sep. 2022.

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