poly·​chrome ˈpä-lē-ˌkrōm How to pronounce polychrome (audio)
: relating to, made with, or decorated in several colors
polychrome pottery
polychrome transitive verb
polychromy noun

Examples of polychrome in a Sentence

polychrome pottery featuring designs from the American Southwest
Recent Examples on the Web The polychrome theme continues indoors in kaleidoscopic floor patterns, a wall tiled with the colors of every Latin American flag, and an immense mural by Aurelio del Muro and Marta Blair. Wes Tarca, Curbed, 12 Jan. 2023 The conservator at the time, Michele Marincola, was in the midst of this crazy project to get these bugs out of medieval polychrome sculptures without damaging the wood or the paint. Diana Budds, Curbed, 13 June 2022 Hudson’s Birdie shows up with suitcases full of rich-hippie clothes, including a mesmerizing polychrome swirl of a dress that nearly hypnotizes the other guests into a stupor. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 22 Nov. 2022 The study focuses on the polychrome pottery of the late classic Mayan period (600–900 CE), which frequently depicts palace scenes, ball games, hunting parties, and dances associated with human sacrifice (via decapitation). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 The idea, which was dropped, was that the sculpture would be polychrome, and the study shows the Woofus with a blue tail, a pink body, a striped red-and-yellow sash, and a white neck and face covered in small blue dots. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 The Avery-Bennett clock has a polychrome red case with bronze moldings, as well as a black dial face and bronze sunburst behind its hands. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 Various offerings had been deposited in front of her: ceramic vessels with polychrome decorations and metal weapons. National Geographic, 24 Nov. 2020 This week, workers finished installing glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly; red translucent spears, rippled purple windowpanes and swirled polychrome spheres are emerging from pools and waterfalls. Eve M. Kahn, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


poly- + -chrome

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polychrome was in 1837

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“Polychrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychrome. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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poly·​chrome ˈpäl-i-ˌkrōm How to pronounce polychrome (audio)
: relating to, made with, or decorated in several colors
polychrome pottery
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