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


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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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 When the sun sparkles through the bed of ombre purple-to-pink tulips at Smale Park, thank the park workers. Jennie Key,, "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,, "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,, "Burbank baker competes on ‘Spring Baking Championship’," 16 Mar. 2018 The Enquirer/Carrie Cochran & Michael McCarter When the wind ripples through the bed of ombre purple-to-pink tulips this spring in Smale Park, thank the intrepid workers at the jewel of a park on the city's riverfront. Jennie Key,, "Saving spring in Smale Riverfront Park," 7 Mar. 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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