poly·​chro·​mat·​ic ˌpä-lē-krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio)
: showing a variety or a change of colors : multicolored
: being or relating to radiation that is composed of more than one wavelength

Examples of polychromatic in a Sentence

a polychromatic tropical bird
Recent Examples on the Web From natural dyes to native teas, create rainbow flags and polychromatic drinks. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 10 June 2024 The colorful sculptures are massive and yet almost seem to float, made up of shining polychromatic bands that twist and coil through space. CBS News, 4 May 2024 The backbone exponent is strikingly different from its polychromatic cousins. Quanta Magazine, 7 Feb. 2024 In all, Saturday probably offered a glittering glimpse of a fall day out of legend and memory, of long-ago football games and sunlit excursions on roads and trails embellished by the fiercely polychromatic hues of tree after roadside tree. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2023 In the middle, like some scar or deformity, lies a jagged expanse of civilization, garish polychromatic swaths of development blending into one another with only jutting casino high-rises and the slash of Highway 50 serving as compass points. Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 So, despite obvious monochromatic aspects, the day in Washington also asserted a sort of polychromatic nature. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 Gonzalez features his polychromatic and stucco textured depiction of L.A.’s advertorial landscape on a cotton sweater, canvas workwear jacket and pants. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Leaf peepers can hike, mountain bike, or ride on horseback through the polychromatic forest and stay at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, which offers special fall tours by car, boat, or zip line. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 15 Aug. 2023

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Word History


poly- + chromatic entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of polychromatic was circa 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Polychromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychromatic. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


poly·​chro·​mat·​ic ˌpäl-i-krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio)
: showing a variety or change of colors : multicolored

Medical Definition


poly·​chro·​mat·​ic -krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio)
: showing a variety or a change of colors
of a cell or tissue : exhibiting polychromatophilia
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