primary color


Definition of primary color

: any of a set of colors from which all other colors may be derived

Examples of primary color in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Houston Roughnecks The Roughnecks took the Texans’ primary colors and went full New England Patriots with them. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Power ranking every XFL team's home and away uniforms," 4 Dec. 2019 Both Washington and Mattison have since been welcomed into the Ohio State family, a feisty clan that won't even utter the name of their rival or wear Michigan's primary color. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why two ex-Michigan football assistants 'have something to prove' with Ohio State," 27 Nov. 2019 Using primary colors and a very stylish fox design, this collection can be used throughout the entire season. Emy Rodriguez Flores, Redbook, "The Best Nail Art for Thanksgiving," 18 Nov. 2019 In fact, Rogers was a zip-front sweater guy, who often wore primary colors. Vogue, "Won’t You Be My Cardigan? Nine Investment Sweaters Inspired by Mr. Rogers," 29 Nov. 2019 Each episode includes multiple chases or fights, all presented with Tartakovsky's trademark blend of gravity-defying grace and grounded muscularity, splashed with vibrant primary colors, predominantly plumes and splashes of shed blood. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Primal': TV Review," 7 Oct. 2019 Most scientific studies report that both boys and girls prefer primary colors, chief among them blue. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Do Girls Really Prefer Pink? There's No Hard-Wired Reason for Girls to Choose Pink Over Blue," 28 Oct. 2019 But when massed together, the vibrant primary colors and familiar shapes may make visitors smile. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Is climate change art? 5 must-see pieces at the new AVAM exhibit," 14 Oct. 2019 Plentiful bars and restaurants are painted in bold primary colors, often with murals on the side, and are packed with young people enjoying beers and empanadas. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do in Santiago, Chile," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of primary color was in 1817

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9 Jan 2020

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“Primary color.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of primary color

: one of the three colors red, yellow, or blue which can be mixed together to make other colors

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Kids Definition of primary color

: one of the colors red, yellow, or blue which can be mixed together to make other colors

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Medical Definition of primary color

: any of a set of colors (as red, yellow, and blue or red, green, and blue) from which all other colors may be derived

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to insert between existing elements

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