yellow

adjective
yel·​low | \ ˈye-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce yellow (audio) , dialectal ˈye-lər or ˈya- \

Definition of yellow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : of the color yellow
b : become yellowish through age, disease, or discoloration : sallow
c sometimes offensive : having a yellowish or light brown complexion or skin
2a : featuring sensational or scandalous items or ordinary news sensationally distorted yellow journalism

yellow

noun

Definition of yellow (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : something yellow or marked by a yellow color: such as
a sometimes offensive : a person having yellowish or light brown skin
b : the yolk of an egg
2a : a color whose hue resembles that of ripe lemons or sunflowers or is that of the portion of the spectrum lying between green and orange
b : a pigment or dye that colors yellow
3 yellows plural : jaundice
4 yellows plural in form but singular in construction : any of several plant diseases caused especially by phytoplasmas and marked by yellowing of the foliage and stunting

yellow

verb
yellowed; yellowing; yellows

Definition of yellow (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become or turn yellow

transitive verb

: to make yellow : give a yellow tinge or color to yellowed by time

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Other Words from yellow

Adjective

yellowish \ ˈye-​lə-​wish How to pronounce yellowish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of yellow in a Sentence

Adjective He was too yellow to stand up and fight. you'll come with us into the cave, unless you're yellow Noun The bridesmaids were dressed in yellow. a room decorated in yellows and greens Verb The paper had yellowed with age. The leaves were yellowed by disease.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The look features bright coral eyeshadow covering the eyelid, a fuchsia shade in the crease, and a swipe of fluorescent yellow eyeliner on the outside half of the eye and right under the brow. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Accuses Real Techniques of Copying a Look She Created Without Permission," 20 July 2017 In addition to selling yellow mustard and hot sauce, the division makes ketchup, onion flavorings and other products. Nick Turner, Bloomberg.com, "McCormick Buys Reckitt Benckiser Food Unit for $4.2 Billion," 19 July 2017 Three prominent Austin chefs teamed up with the Youngblood family to build a new restaurant from scratch that looks like a legacy chicken dinner house, down to the bright blue-and-yellow colors and the helpings of hot yeast rolls with honey. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Three local restaurant comeback stories, starting with Youngblood’s fried chicken," 19 July 2017 Majeski pulled off with two laps remaining during the final yellow flag situation. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Ricky Baker holds his ground in wild ARCA Wayne Carter Classic victory," 16 July 2017 Either red or yellow maca will work here, but the flavor of the red is more mild. Anya Tchoupakov, Bon Appetit, "25 Healthy Breakfast Recipes Because Who Knows How the Rest of the Day Will Go," 12 July 2017 The group recently wore matching black polos with yellow piping from the British brand, like some sort of unofficial uniform. Christine Flammia, Esquire, "Fred Perry Wants Nothing to Do With Its Alt-Right Fanboys," 10 July 2017 Layered yellow atop thick green strokes conjure up a bouquet without providing any detail. Anne Kniggendorf, kansascity.com, "First Friday gallery guide: Five shows to see," 3 July 2017 Ebony, 32, slipped the voucher back into its bright yellow folder and waited. Alden Woods, azcentral, "60 days to find a home: Lack of affordable housing forces renters to settle," 2 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Capital Bikeshare, the popular Washington-area bicycle program, may get a corporate sponsor and advertising on the iconic red-and-yellow bikes next year. Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post, "Advertising may be coming to Capital Bikeshare bikes," 20 June 2017 Living Room Suites use bold combinations of deep yellow and navy blue. Gabe Hartwig, chicagotribune.com, "3 Memphis getaways: rock star, rustic or refined," 9 June 2017 There isn’t even a cross walk or a speed bump or a caution sign or a flashing yellow; there is nothing but blacktop for miles. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "How about a Tinder for start-ups in San Diego?," 5 June 2017 CENTRALIA — Men, women and children, all wearing yellow numbered Army identification tags, gathered at the Chehalis Train Depot on June 2, 1942. Graham Perednia, The Seattle Times, "‘Most lost everything they had’: Centralia museum honors interned Japanese-Americans," 3 June 2017 Three other sterile barberry varieties that are being grown by wholesalers for later sale are a super compact cultivar with yellow foliage, and two compact shrubs, one with yellow and the other with green foliage. Theresa Sullivan Barger, courant.com, "UConn Horticulturists Creating Sterile Versions Of Invasive Shrubs," 1 June 2017 The gleaming fleet of green-and-yellow John Deere tractors is still driven by Chinese workers, while almost two-thirds of Gaza's population lives in poverty. Bloomberg.com, "China Spins a Global Food Web From Mozambique to Missouri," 22 May 2017 A video posted last month of Xiaoman biting off tender morsels of yellow... Kathy Chu, WSJ, "How a Toddler Who Loves Eating Transfixed China," 21 May 2017 Dwyer is suspended for the match after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season — most in MLS — in last weekend’s loss to Minnesota. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity.com, "Dom Dwyer’s suspension highlights the need for Sporting KC to develop a reliable backup," 12 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The National Meteorological Center raised the threat level on Wednesday to yellow, its third highest, with thunderstorms and strong winds also forecast. Fox News, "Flood warning for much of south, central and eastern China," 24 June 2020 After leading him into an exam room, Furtado flipped a card posted outside the door from white to yellow, signaling a possible coronavirus patient. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, "He treats Oakland's vulnerable. Now, his future is on the line," 21 May 2020 Each month had a picture of a different fighter plane—a sleek machine, yellowed by time. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019 Besides mildew, the most common disease that will annoy you and your veggies is early blight on tomatoes, which starts by yellowing the lowest leaves and then moves up the plant. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "How to manage mildew and other problems in your vegetable garden," 22 Apr. 2020 Tapes were recorded and recorded again, before being condemned to disposal or a purgatory of eternal storage in a slowly yellowing plastic case, or at the back of a kitchen drawer. David Rutland, Ars Technica, "Digital hoarders: “Our terabytes are put to use for the betterment of mankind”," 12 Apr. 2020 How to Clean and Whiten Grout in Tiles Don't let your grout get past the point of no repair: Clean it every week or as needed to prevent it from yellowing. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Grout on Tile Floors, Showers, and More," 20 Jan. 2020 Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, nausea and dark urine often followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "KFC employee in Birch Run, Grand Blanc diagnosed with hepatitis A," 3 Dec. 2019 Tiny microbes coalesce on the plants, creating large, blocky yellowed areas on leaves that quickly turn brown and rot. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "You’re not crazy. There is an arugula shortage in the US," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of yellow

Adjective

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Verb

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

History and Etymology for yellow

Adjective

Middle English yelwe, yelow, from Old English geolu; akin to Old High German gelo yellow, Latin helvus light bay, Greek chlōros greenish yellow, Sanskrit hari yellowish

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The first known use of yellow was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Yellow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yellow. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for yellow

yellow

adjective
How to pronounce yellow (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of yellow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having the color of the sun or of ripe lemons
informal : afraid in a way that makes you unable to do what is right or expected
: containing news that is meant to shock people and that is not true or is only partly true

yellow

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yellow (Entry 2 of 3)

: the color of the sun or of ripe lemons

yellow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of yellow (Entry 3 of 3)

: to become yellow or to cause (something) to become yellow

yellow

adjective
yel·​low | \ ˈye-lō How to pronounce yellow (audio) \

Kids Definition of yellow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : of the color of a lemon : colored yellow a yellow raincoat

yellow

noun

Kids Definition of yellow (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : the color of a lemon
2 : something (as the yolk of an egg) yellow in color

yellow

verb
yellowed; yellowing

Kids Definition of yellow (Entry 3 of 3)

: to turn yellow

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