primary color


Definition of primary color

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

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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 Tokyo Skytree's shifting hues make appearances through floor-to-ceiling windows, while super-clean interiors pop with bright primary colors from wall art to furnishings. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Tokyo," 28 Feb. 2018 Birthday cake, as a flavor, is the simplest kind of birthday cake, cheerfully uncomplicated, the primary colors of cake. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The weird hegemony of “birthday cake” flavor," 17 Oct. 2018 Yang's installation bathed the gallery at the Triennale in shadows and primary colors, the blinds filtering the natural light coming through the ceiling and windows. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Inside the Interactive Maze Gripping the Milan Art World," 27 Sep. 2018 Within the pigment part, stylists create their own custom color from scratch with primary colors, as well as black, brown, and white. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Instagram Sparked the Indie Hair-Color Brand Revolution," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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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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