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 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 The uniform that features brown jerseys with orange numbers and orange stripes with brown pants with those same orange stripes will be worn by Cleveland multiple times this season as their new primary color scheme. Emily Caron,, "Browns to Wear Popular Color Rush Uniforms as Primary Colors For 2019 Season," 4 Sep. 2019 The Rams’ primary colors are royal blue and yellow again after the franchise’s rebranding announcement, which was made Monday. Staff And News Services,, "With new logo, Los Angeles Rams return to their old colors," 23 Mar. 2020 Brother Rice's primary color is orange; the video does not show any school names. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Code of silence reigns amid scandals, misbehavior at all-boys Catholic schools," 2 Jan. 2020 Early evidence suggested that, in the same way that primary colors give rise to all of the other hues, there was a core set of primary emotions from which all other feelings arose. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Emotional Words Such as “Love” Mean Different Things in Different Languages," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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“Primary color.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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