shade

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: comparative darkness or obscurity owing to interception of the rays of light
b
: relative obscurity or retirement
2
a
: shelter (as by foliage) from the heat and glare of sunlight
b
: a place sheltered from the sun
3
: an evanescent or unreal appearance
4
shades plural
a
: the shadows that gather as darkness comes on
5
a
: a disembodied spirit : ghost
b
used to signal the similarity between a previously encountered person or situation and one at hand
usually used in plural
shades of my childhood
6
: something that intercepts or shelters from light, sun, or heat: such as
a
: a device partially covering a lamp so as to reduce glare
b
: a flexible screen usually mounted on a roller for regulating the light or the view through a window
c
shades plural : sunglasses
7
a
: the reproduction of the effect of shade in painting or drawing
b
: a subdued or somber feature
8
a
: a color produced by a pigment or dye mixture having some black in it
b
: a color slightly different from the one under consideration
9
a
: a minute difference or variation : nuance
b
: a minute degree or quantity
10
: a facial expression of sadness or displeasure
shadeless adjective

shade

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verb

shaded; shading

transitive verb

1
a
: to shelter or screen by intercepting radiated light or heat
b
: to cover with a shade
2
: to hide partly by or as if by a shadow
3
: to darken with or as if with a shadow
4
: to better or exceed by a shade
5
a
: to represent the effect of shade or shadow on
b
: to add shading to
c
: to color so that the shades pass gradually from one to another
6
: to change by gradual transition or qualification
7
: to reduce slightly
shade a price
8
: slant, bias

intransitive verb

1
: to pass by slight changes or imperceptible degrees
2
: to undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation
shader noun
Phrases
throw shade
US slang
: to express contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms
Christopher Oram's elegant set is a pillared palazzo; at cafe tables wasp-waisted women sip tiny cups of espresso and throw shade at their rivals from behind dark glasses …Sam Marlowe

Examples of shade in a Sentence

Noun The buildings cast shade on the plaza. The tree provided plenty of shade. These plants grow well in shade. It was a hot sunny day, but luckily their seats for the game were in the shade. We sat in the shade of a willow tree. He used his hand as a shade as he looked out into the bright sunlight. a lamp with a broken shade She pulled down the shades. She was wearing a cool pair of shades. Verb Several large trees shade the house. She shaded the drawing to give it depth. The shaded part of the graph represents the amount of sales. The article shaded the truth by revealing only one side of the story. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Available in 15 stunning shades from Pacific Blue to White, this soft and smooth duvet cover keeps you cool all night long, making good sleep achievable even during a staycation. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 12 Feb. 2024 This limited-edition red-orange shade is perfect for the practical shopper who wants to spice things up for Valentine’s Day. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 10 Feb. 2024 These ceramic door handles come in a variety of shapes and shades, though the strawberry milk hearts feel the most on-trend. Anne Loreto Cruz, Bon Appétit, 8 Feb. 2024 Rachel wore the bold red shade 999 in a velvet finish, a hue not dissimilar from the florals adorning the room. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2024 Available in the brand’s popular Sonic Pink shade, the 3 x 18.5-inch bag is perfect for VDay. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 5 Feb. 2024 Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Lester Cohen/Getty Images Del Rey's beautiful brunette shade and subsequent shine were courtesy of OLAPLEX Global Ambassador and celebrity colorist Jacob Schwartz. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 5 Feb. 2024 And, not surprisingly, people first cultivated the plants in the shade, recreating their natural environment. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Currently, the front porch is a deep navy/purple, the original mill home a lighter shade, and the extension a rich medium version. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024
Verb
Stone dioramas ring its exterior, beginning with a scene in 1997 with a Hindu leader, shaded by an umbrella, in the sands of Sharjah calling for a temple in Abu Dhabi. Jon Gambrell, Quartz, 12 Feb. 2024 Her lips and cheeks have been given a rosy wash of color and her eyes appear to have been shaded oh-so-subtly with a diffused mushroom shadow. Elle Turner, Glamour, 9 Feb. 2024 This verdant landscape is peppered with grand haciendas and tiny, shaded cafetales where families have long worked the land, and even passersby enjoy the aroma of the world's best coffee. Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 3 Feb. 2024 The Board approved some new additions to the 322-acre Fairgrounds, including a new ticket office outside the Grandstand, additional bike racks, water fill stations and shade umbrellas in Dan Patch Park. Kristi Miller, Twin Cities, 14 Jan. 2024 As fall approaches, encourage fruit to ripen by removing foliage shading the fruits. Kim Toscano, Southern Living, 10 Jan. 2024 There’s also a pool on the property, away from the street in a private courtyard, with lounge chairs and shaded spots to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The outdoor areas are shaded — which means its cooler during Carolina summers. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 If your lofted space is in a cooler or shaded part of the home, the cozier the material the better, according to Koski. Colleen Grablick, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sceadu; akin to Old High German scato shadow, Greek skotos darkness

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shade was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Shade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shade. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

shade

1 of 2 noun
1
: partial darkness
the trees cast shade
2
: space sheltered from the heat and bright light of the sun
sit in the shade of a tree
3
plural : the shadows that gather as darkness falls
the shades of night
4
5
: something that blocks off or cuts down light, sun, or heat
a lamp shade
a window shade
6
: the darkening of some objects in a painting or drawing to suggest that they are in shade
7
: the darkness or lightness of a color
four shades of brown
8
: a very small difference or amount
just a shade taller
shades of meaning
shadeless adjective

shade

2 of 2 verb
shaded; shading
1
: to shelter from light or heat
2
: to mark with changes of light or color
shade a drawing
3
: to show or begin to have slight differences of color, value, or meaning
shader noun

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