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 McQueen’s visual language is often incorporated into the two lines, which embrace black as a primary color while employing text expressing sardonic views on death, identity, and personal space. Lee Escobedo, Vogue, 17 June 2022 Mondrian proposed the theory that each primary color could represent a musical note, while white, gray and black spaces on a canvas could stand for other kinds of noises. New York Times, 14 June 2022 The painting’s primary color is a single frontal field of bold Venetian red, which stretches from side to side, top to bottom. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 21 May 2022 Irony is, however, a primary color in this filmmaker’s palette. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2022 With their overcharge of primary color, glaring intense pinkness, and eruptive scatterings of gilt, feathers, ribbons, and rays, the paintings can look more seductive in reproduction than in situ. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 While subtler than the more ostentatious choices on the list thus far, at least Kia is offering something of substance that isn’t grayscale or a primary color. Jacob Kurowicki, Car and Driver, 10 Dec. 2021 Opt for a traditional tartan motif or a larger check pattern with bold, primary color schemes. Sara Holzman, Marie Claire, 5 Nov. 2021 The collection evokes summers on the 1920's French Riviera, inspired by nautical themes, classic French sailor chic and the primary color palette of Mondrian and seminal 20th-century artists. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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3 Aug 2022

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“Primary color.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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