ombré

adjective
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

ombre

noun
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

Other Words from ombré

Adjective

ombré noun

Examples of ombré in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mickey Guyton rocked an ombre long-sleeve silver and gold fringe flapper sparkle dress by Ashish, shimmying for the cameras. Leanne Italie, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 An ombre area rug of rich dark blues recalls the landscape at dawn and dusk. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 Tall black palm trees stand against an ombre orange, pink, and purple background. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 Woman's Day Want to create an ombre cake without all of the work? Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, 14 Apr. 2022 Mickey Guyton rocked an ombre long-sleeve silver and gold fringe flapper sparkle dress by Ashish, shimmying for the cameras. Leanne Italie, ajc, 4 Apr. 2022 Mickey Guyton rocked an ombre long-sleeve silver and gold fringe flapper sparkle dress by Ashish, shimmying for the cameras. Leanne Italie, Chron, 3 Apr. 2022 The Miss Congeniality star stepped out wearing an ombre pink floral gown from Elie Saab’s spring 2022 haute couture collection with a pair of thigh-high leather boots from Italian brand Le Silla. Alexis Gaskin, Glamour, 22 Mar. 2022 One, for example, features a swirling ombre-marble pattern while another acts as an homage to Abstract Expressionism’s splatter paint technique. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ombré.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of ombré

Adjective

1893, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ombré

Adjective

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

Noun

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

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best hair straighteners.

Learn More About ombré

Time Traveler for ombré

Time Traveler

The first known use of ombré was circa 1661

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near ombré

OMB

ombré

ombre

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for ombré

Last Updated

11 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Ombré.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ombr%C3%A9. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!