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 The jagged lettering and incomplete coloring on ‘Cleveland’ across the chest is a bit like a ransom note, but this uniform is saved by the simple fact that the primary color is black. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Collin Sexton Cleveland Cavaliers City Jersey bobblehead released today," 16 Apr. 2021 Clemson copied Auburn’s purple and orange (along with the nickname Tigers), but switched to orange as the primary color. New York Times, "At This N.C.A.A. Tournament, Orange Is the New Bracket," 19 Mar. 2021 What stands out is the way that Fastvold’s film renders the furtive, the inexpressible, the typically-repressed in primary color. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "Women in Love: ‘The World to Come’ Is Filled With the Wild Excitement of Romance," 7 Mar. 2021 The team’s practice jerseys use pink as a primary color. Khobi Price,, "Greater Beckham presence, Henderson and Neville additions breathing new life into Inter Miami ahead of second season," 28 Feb. 2021 Orange is still the primary color for both the Dynamo and Dash with a little silver being added to commemorate the Dynamo’s back-to-back MLS Cup titles and the Dash’s NWSL Challenge Cup title this year. Matt Young, Chron, "Explaining the rebrand of the Houston Dynamo and Dash," 17 Nov. 2020 The outfield walls are dark green, but elsewhere the primary color is a warm mix of black with a hint of brown. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Sorry, haters: Globe Life Field, the new home of the Rangers, is a great place to watch a ballgame — and a serious work of architecture," 16 Oct. 2020 At the depths of the ocean, blue light makes sea creatures glow, and blue light is also the primary color in amphibians’ muddy freshwater habitats. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Blue Light, Most Amphibians Have a Neon-Green Glow," 28 Feb. 2020 Here's where Arizona is snakebitten: While some teams have three primary colors, the D-backs have five, just a few short of a rainbow. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "MLB uniform rankings: Arizona Diamondbacks' jerseys among baseball's worst for 2020 season," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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29 Apr 2021

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“Primary color.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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