primary color

noun

Definition of primary color

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

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The eighteen paintings at Kaplan marked a change of course into bold primary colors, larger scale, and narratives involving more than one person. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "The Darkly Comic Art of Sanya Kantarovsky," 15 May 2019 The vibe is a house in the San Fernando Valley where everyone is welcome: corduroy, primary colors, grunge, and skater influences. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Open Up About Their Passionate, Not-Always-Easy but Absolutely All-In Romance," 7 Feb. 2019 Piero has also taken the liberty of eliminating red in Mary’s clothing, mantling her solely in her other primary color, blue, an expensive shade made from lapis lazuli brought from Afghanistan along the Silk Road. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "On the Brink of the Savior’s Arrival," 12 Oct. 2018 Saturated, primary colors tend to evoke feelings of stress or high energy. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "14 Calming Paint Colors That Will Change the Way You Live," 9 Jan. 2019 There were strands of standard primary colors and strands of pastels probably procured from some dollar store in 2002. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 Cable news draws pictures in crayon, in bold primary colors that turn politics into cartoons. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "America Is Addicted to Outrage. Is There a Cure?," 30 Nov. 2018 The yard of the 4,225-square-foot main house is dotted with her metal sculptures, many in primary colors, and one of her signature butterfly sculpture installations. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "The Artsy Southern Town That Wants to Be the Next Portland," 13 Dec. 2018 Though the primary colors were very much a Georges and me thing, color-coding the characters. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Sandi Tan’s Shirkers May Be the Year’s Most Compelling Grifter Story," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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primary color

noun

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

primary color

noun

Kids Definition of primary color

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

primary color

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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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