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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kendall became the spitting image of her sibling with the help of a pink, ombre wig, bright red lip kit, and an armful of lipstick swatches. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Showed Off Her Hilarious Kylie Jenner Impression on Keeping Up With The Kardashians," 12 Dec. 2019 Amazon Essentials also makes the jacket in adult sizes for both men and women in multiple colors (no cute ombre print for adults, unfortunately!). Buy It! Christina Butan,, "This Super Cute Kids’ Jacket Is in High Demand on Amazon Right Now — Shop It Before It’s Gone," 19 Nov. 2019 Dua Lipa just debuted a rose gold 'do, and Bella Thorne now has hair with a green ombre effect. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jordyn Woods Wore a Bright Red Wig," 12 Nov. 2019 The extensions have a subtle ombre effect, fading to a lighter shade of caramel towards the ends. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ashley Benson Posts Gorgeous Underwear Selfie, Showing Off Her New Extensions," 11 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Ombre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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