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yellow

adjective yel·low \ ˈye-(ˌ)lō , dialectal ˈye-lər or ˈya- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of yellow

1 a :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
2 a :featuring sensational or scandalous items or ordinary news sensationally distorted
  • yellow journalism

yellowish

play \ˈye-lə-wish\ adjective

Examples of yellow in a Sentence

  1. He was too yellow to stand up and fight.

  2. you'll come with us into the cave, unless you're yellow

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Origin and Etymology of yellow

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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yellow

noun

Definition of yellow

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
2 a :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

Examples of yellow in a Sentence

  1. The bridesmaids were dressed in yellow.

  2. a room decorated in yellows and greens

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yellow

verb

Definition of yellow

intransitive verb
:to become or turn yellow
transitive verb
:to make yellow :give a yellow tinge or color to
  • yellowed by time

Examples of yellow in a Sentence

  1. The paper had yellowed with age.

  2. The leaves were yellowed by disease.

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YELLOW Defined for English Language Learners

yellow

adjective

Definition of yellow for English Language Learners

  • : having the color of the sun or of ripe lemons

  • : 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

Definition of yellow for English Language Learners

  • : the color of the sun or of ripe lemons


yellow

verb

Definition of yellow for English Language Learners

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


YELLOW Defined for Kids

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yellow

adjective yel·low \ ˈye-lō \

Definition of yellow for Students

1 :of the color of a lemon :colored yellow
  • a yellow raincoat
2 :cowardly 1

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yellow

noun

Definition of yellow for Students

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

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yellow

verb

Definition of yellow for Students

yellowed; yellowing
:to turn yellow


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