om·​bre | \ ˈäm-bər How to pronounce ombre (audio) ; ˈäm-brē, ˈəm-, -ˌbrā\

Definition of ombre

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an old three-handed card game popular in Europe especially in the 17th and 18th centuries


om·​bré | \ ˈäm-ˌbrā How to pronounce ombré (audio) \

Definition of ombré (Entry 2 of 2)

: having colors or tones that shade into each other used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark

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Other Words from ombre


ombré noun

Examples of ombre in a Sentence

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To elevate Cardi’s gilded fingernails, Cardi’s longtime nail artist Jenni Bui of New York’s Nails On 7th, added an ombre finish with OPI’s Chrome Effects powder. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Here's How To Get Cardi B's VMA Nails," 27 Aug. 2019 Among features of note are new ombre grey wood floors, skylights and a lounge on the second floor. Los Angeles Times, "Celebrity dressmaker Dina Bar-El seeks a fit for Beverly Hills home," 14 Aug. 2019 Like me, Kirton was excited to see rapper Tierra Whack and had traveled from Atlanta to attend the festival, sporting some yellow plaid pants and green ombre braids. Natalie Wade,, "‘She’s for the gays, you know?’ — 10 new friends we made at Lollapalooza," 5 Aug. 2019 Rachel LunaGetty Images At a party to celebrate her Sports Illustrated cover, Serena Williams stunned in a new hair color—golden, ombre waves. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Debuts a New Ombre Hair Color at the 'Sports Illustrated' Party," 19 July 2019 Duff has officially said goodbye to her signature warm, beachy ombre look and debuted a brand new, icy platinum blonde shade all over. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Hilary Duff Swapped Her Ombré Hair for a Kylie Jenner-esque Platinum Blonde Makeover," 27 Nov. 2018 The homage was spot on, though Ellis-Ross did add her own twist, namely ombre Christian Louboutin pumps and a sleek bowl cut. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Diana Ross and Tracee Ellis Ross Pulled Off a Mother-Daughter Style Moment for the Ages," 27 Mar. 2019 One fan got especially lavish with their creation, and showed off a manicure with an ombre effect, flower decals, and the song title. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Manicures Inspired by Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Have Arrived on Instagram," 26 Nov. 2018 In the living area, a Jesmonite drum table, designed by Pinch, has a white and charcoal ombre effect that mimics the blue-green ombre of the Calico Wallpaper linen. Laura Mauk-caines,, "SF boutique Future Perfect is also its founder’s apartment," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of ombre


circa 1661, in the meaning defined above


1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ombre


French or Spanish; French hombre, from Spanish, literally, man — more at hombre


French, past participle of ombrer to shade, from Italian ombrare, from ombra shade, from Latin umbra — more at umbrage

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