ombre

noun
om·​bre | \ ˈäm-bər; 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

ombré

adjective
om·​bré | \ ˈäm-ˌbrā \

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

Adjective

ombré noun

Examples of ombre in a Sentence

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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, SFChronicle.com, "SF boutique Future Perfect is also its founder’s apartment," 15 June 2018 When the sun sparkles through the bed of ombre purple-to-pink tulips at Smale Park, thank the park workers. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Tulips rescued in Smale Park were worth the effort," 1 May 2018 Washed denim corset dresses are embroidered with blossoms, ruffles tier down maxi dresses and frame the shoulders of mini dresses, and the ombre colors on diaphanous dresses evoke the tie-dyes of hippiedom past. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "A post-Coachella Beyoncé pop-in helps highlight the Dundas label's Melrose Avenue pop-up shop," 25 Apr. 2018 The ombre detail is also comparable, as is the rainbow of color offerings. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "People Are Comparing This $50 Dutch Oven to Le Creuset," 2 Apr. 2018 Once there was an ombre paint effect that faded as the tower reached the sky. Cailey Rizzo, Smithsonian, "The Eiffel Tower Could Be Repainted Its Original Vibrant Color," 20 Mar. 2018 If not with ombre pink dye jobs, at least with some length, texture, and general grooming messiness. Megan Gustashaw, GQ, "Kanye West's Latest Swerve: Easter Hair," 20 Mar. 2018 This season debuted on Monday with an episode during which Wong and her competition had to bake a tie-dye cheesecake and an ombre cake. Anthony Clark Carpio, latimes.com, "Burbank baker competes on ‘Spring Baking Championship’," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ombre

Noun

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1893, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ombre

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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