primary color


Definition of primary color 

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

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Fruits are, in essence, the primary colors of the fragrance wheel. New York Times, "This Summer, Smell Like Fruit Salad," 2 July 2018 So for nature’s cotton candy, the primary colors remain pink, blue, and white. Tom Avril,, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 Beach balls flew through the air, polka dotting the blue sky with primary colors. Susan Langenhennig,, "Jimmy Buffett churns out a crowd pleaser at Jazz Fest, backed up by a ukulele virtuoso," 29 Apr. 2018 One of the billboards even plays on George's initials also being the first letters of the team's primary colors. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Billboards recruit LeBron James, Paul George for Lakers," 25 June 2018 His wheel had 12 colors in three categories -- the red, green and blue primary colors. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Tired of pale neutrals? Pops of color add interest to your home," 31 May 2018 The spare furnishings, an arty combination of unfinished wood and primary colors, smelled like fresh lumber and appealed to my sense of symmetry because everything was in identical pairs. Hedia Anvar, Longreads, "How To Build An Intellectual," 23 June 2018 These primary colors then mix to create the complex human emotion rainbow. Ellevate,, "Want to make more money? Start rewriting your story," 18 June 2018 Classrooms and hallways are painted in earth tones instead of bright primary colors and feature twig and leaf designs. James Vaznis,, "Building boom at Boston charter schools outpaces that at other city schools," 11 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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