\ ˈō-kər How to pronounce ocher (audio) \
variants: or ochre

Definition of ocher

1 : an earthy usually red or yellow and often impure iron ore used as a pigment
2 : the color of ocher especially : the color of yellow ocher

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Other Words from ocher

ocherous \ ˈō-​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce ocherous (audio) \ or ochreous \ ˈō-​k(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce ochreous (audio) , -​krē-​əs \ adjective

Examples of ocher in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His beautiful women are less flesh and blood than a waltz of curlicues conveyed in a palette of greens, peach, and ocher — nature’s colors. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Art of Posters," 11 Jan. 2020 As the sky turned from ocher to obsidian, congregants shuffled in from the chill, shedding coats, scarves and gloves to mingle with fellow worshipers, all dressed in holiday finery and sip on eggnog prepared by Lee’s wife. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘I’m heartbroken’: Congregants prepare to vacate historic church once attended by Teddy Roosevelt," 9 Dec. 2019 The ocher Mungo Man was buried in was a link to the cosmos. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The ocher had been carried a great distance—the nearest source was over 130 miles away—and had been either painted onto the body or sprinkled over the grave. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 Still, their palette of blue, greys and white is an update of the red-orange-ocher tile combos found in old Lebanese houses. Ian Phillips, WSJ, "A Dull New Apartment Gets an Infusion of Personality," 8 Nov. 2018 The all-day café Maison de Tết Décor occupies an ocher mansion on West Lake; go for sunset drinks on the balcony or Aussie-style breakfasts (grain bowls, eggs from the owners’ farm). Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 The thinking that animates the conference circuit is that a place like Laguna, where attendees meet against a backdrop of heart-stopping ocher sunsets, is highly conducive to productive discourse. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "California’s Tech Titans Fight Fires of Their Own," 16 Nov. 2018 Her stilettos were leopard print, her skirt leather, her coat suede, in a warm ocher color that would have blended nicely with the red-earth airstrips of the African bush. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Gave Us All a Valuable Lesson in How Not to Dress in Africa," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of ocher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ocher

Middle English oker, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French ocre, from Latin ochra, from Greek ōchra, from feminine of ōchros yellow

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The first known use of ocher was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2020

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“Ocher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ochre. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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