primary color

noun

Definition of primary color

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

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Bright Guys Single-shade outfits were a recurring theme and those in poppy primary colors left the strongest impression. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Men’s Trends You Might Actually Want to Wear in 2020," 28 June 2019 That would help people who think in one primary color to adapt, perhaps subconsciously, to the idea of multiple colors intermingled as normal. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 14 June 2019 All groceries and vehicles arrive by plane or barge, and trailer-sized shipping containers in primary colors dot the yards. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence," 18 July 2019 The country’s largest ethnic group uses the vibrant ornamentation of Zulu beading (above) as a form of communication, with the geometric patterns and primary colors relaying information about the wearer. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 This year’s Pride is monumental is a few ways, Meyer said as the primary colors were mixed behind her to create all of the colors of the rainbow. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Covington preps for Pride and transforms crosswalks into rainbows," 7 June 2019 The colors of three quarks cancel one another out inside a proton just as, for example, combining the primary colors red, green and blue makes white. Quanta Magazine, "Quark Quartet Fuels Quantum Feud," 27 Aug. 2014 The products themselves, all reviewed on Amazon, carry the trademark qualities of the e-commerce giant: algorithmic, splashed in primary colors, designed to blend quietly into the corners of duplexes and condos all over the world. Luke Winkie, Vox, "Who are these people who write thousands of Amazon product reviews?," 14 June 2019 But the bright, L- shaped kitchen, which is accented with primary colors and fanciful touches, like a Dot & Bo Birds in Motion wall clock over the sink, is vivid and inviting, much like Hayek herself. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "T&C 50: The Beauty of Giving," 7 Apr. 2015

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First Known Use of primary color

1817, in the meaning defined above

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More Definitions for primary color

primary color

noun

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

primary color

noun

Kids Definition of primary color

: one of the colors red, yellow, or blue which can be mixed together to make other colors

primary color

noun

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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