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

Definition of ombré

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having colors or tones that shade into each other Stewart arrived … in white sequined Chanel trousers, a black top, and orange ombré hair, bringing to mind Katharine Hepburn had she collided in some faraway star system with David Bowie.— Durga Chew-Bose Rich, saturated hues cover most of the walls, which Venezuelan painter Antonio Rimada finished with an ombre technique. In the processional main hall … Rimada shaded the wall progressively, from turquoise to gold, a stunning backdrop for the owner's collection of Latin American art.— Jean Strouse


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

Definition of ombre (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from ombré


ombré noun

Examples of ombré in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Delight Frozen fans with this cute Elsa doll, which comes dressed in a blue ombre dress just like in Frozen 2 and has a blonde braid for kids to style. Fiona Tapp, CNN Underscored, "Black Friday Has Arrived in Canada," 27 Nov. 2020 Vibrant hues are also layered in through the bold floral-patterned dining chairs and ombre drapery panels that vary from spa blue to deep teal. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "20 Inspiring Designs You Need to See from the Fall One Room Challenge," 11 Nov. 2020 The trees are available in ombre green and gold designs with sizes ranging from 9 inches to 12.5 inches tall. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Target's 2020 Holiday Collection Just Dropped and, Yes, We Want Everything," 2 Nov. 2020 An ombre gradient makes this simple fall mani look so chic. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "32 Cute Thanksgiving Nail Art Designs That Will Make You Feel So ~Fall~," 20 Oct. 2020 This ombre bra offers medium support and is made from moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool on runs. Krystin Arneson, CNN Underscored, "Shop one-day deals on Columbia, C9 Champion, Reebok and more at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 24 June 2020 Here’s a YouTube video from This Old House with tips on how to paint like a pro. Create an ombre wall by choosing three colors and blending them together to create a focal wall. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Paint a room, build a fire pit, string solar lights: More stay-at-home projects for summer," 17 June 2020 The combination of dye and water created a subtle ombre effect on her burgundy taffeta skirt rather than a noticeable sartorial disaster. Sonia Weiser, New York Times, "How Much Does a Play Change During Previews? Just Ask ‘The Perplexed’," 2 Mar. 2020 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

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First Known Use of ombré


1893, in the meaning defined above


circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ombré


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


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

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The first known use of ombré was circa 1661

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20 Jan 2021

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“Ombré.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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