rainbow

noun
rain·​bow | \ ˈrān-ˌbō \

Definition of rainbow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an arc or circle that exhibits in concentric bands the colors of the spectrum and that is formed opposite the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in raindrops, spray, or mist
2a : a multicolored array
b : a wide assortment or range a rainbow of flavors
3 [ from the impossibility of reaching the rainbow, at whose foot a pot of gold is said to be buried ] : an illusory goal or hope

rainbow

adjective

Definition of rainbow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having many colors
2 : of, relating to, or being people of different races or cultural backgrounds a rainbow coalition

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Other Words from rainbow

Noun

rainbowlike \ ˈrān-​ˌbō-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of rainbow in a Sentence

Adjective

the rainbow costumes worn by mummers at Mardi Gras

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For this latest launch of must-have Fenty products, Rihanna has created a rainbow of new colors. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Is Releasing 10 New Shades of Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick," 24 Dec. 2018 The next morning, an apt bookend to our stay at Casadonna was a rainbow of fresh fruit juices along with a mountain of traditional pastries and breads. Daria Di Lello, Vogue, "Finding Serenity—and Forest-Grown Truffles—in the Mountains of Abruzzo, Italy," 23 Nov. 2018 Manufacturers are dishing up kitchen options in a new rainbow of hues. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Find BioGtliz in a rainbow of colors online at bioglitz.co and at The Nitty Gritty, 996 Barret Ave. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Can this eco-friendly body glitter change music festival culture?," 12 July 2018 Lamp Shade Fair owner Ralph Walters has agreed to a new mural on the south side of his Mills Avenue business, featuring a girl blowing a rainbow of heart kisses. Kyle Arnold, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New Pulse mural coming to Mills 50," 9 July 2018 The sky was filled with the rainbow of colors and explosions that seemed to ricochet across the pasture land and nearby buildings. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty fireworks go on despite rain," 5 July 2018 Granted, there were plenty of out-and-proud performers and attendees — including Amandla Stenberg, Lena Waithe, and Janelle Monáe, who was fully decked out in rainbow herself. refinery29.com, "Did You Notice All The Rainbow Hair At The BET Awards?," 25 June 2018 Trap beats explode in rainbows of colors, much like the Joytime debut. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Marshmello Announces 'Joytime II' Release Date," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With that in mind, those with dark or rainbow hair most likely aren't the best suited for a mauve champagne hue. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Mauve Champagne Hair Is the Unexpected Way to Change Up Your Blonde for Fall," 24 Sep. 2018 The Harts did find a community that embraced their rainbow family. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 While rainbow jewelry is often dismissed as twee, these sparklers are all grown up. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "How to Be a Poolside Pinup," 27 June 2018 Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul’s main pedestrian thoroughfare. NBC News, "Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned march," 2 July 2018 Hundreds of people chanted slogans and waved rainbow flags on side streets along Istiklal Avenue, Istanbul's main pedestrian thoroughfare. Zeynep Bilginsoy, Fox News, "Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned march," 1 July 2018 More rainbow looks: Now check out this rainbow nail art: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Cardi B Debuts Rainbow Wig and Matching Heels in a New Instagram Celebrating Her Pregnancy," 7 June 2018 There’s rainbow flasks; shiny, rainbow boxer briefs in XXL; and bi and transgender flags. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "At Target and Walmart, Pride is profitable. The Supreme Court ought to drop by.," 7 June 2018 There's pretty much an option for every type of accessorizer, so go ahead and take your pick of the very best rainbow jewelry available to shop right now. Ana Colon, Glamour, "27 Rainbow Jewelry Pieces That Are Just Plain Fun," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of rainbow

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for rainbow

rainbow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rainbow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a curved line of different colors that sometimes appears in the sky when the sun shines through rain

rainbow

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rainbow (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or including people of different races, cultures, etc.

rainbow

noun
rain·​bow | \ ˈrān-ˌbō \

Kids Definition of rainbow

: an arc of colors that appears in the sky opposite the sun and is caused by the sun shining through rain, mist, or spray

rainbow

noun
rain·​bow | \ ˈrān-ˌbō \

Medical Definition of rainbow

slang
: a combination of the sodium derivatives of amobarbital and secobarbital in a blue and red capsule

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