non·​col·​or ˌnän-ˈkə-lər How to pronounce noncolor (audio)
: a drab or muted color or a color such as black, white, or gray as distinguished from red, blue, yellow, etc.
… the furniture is upholstered in fabrics that are natural not only in fiber but in color. … Only a few notes of red, in a small table and a pair of chests, punctuate the range of noncolors.Joan Chatfield-Taylor
often used before another noun
noncolor photography [=black and white photography]

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Or noncolor: Anyone know the answer to this eternal question? Mark Holgate, Vogue, 28 Aug. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncolor was in 1893

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“Noncolor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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