\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Definition of chrome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : chromium
b : a chromium pigment
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium


chromed; chroming

Definition of chrome (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to treat with a compound of chromium (as in dyeing)
2 : chromize


noun combining form or adjective combining form
\ ˌkrōm \

Definition of -chrome (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : colored thing heliochrome
2 : coloring matter urochrome

Examples of chrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Gunfish 115, Rapala Skitter Vee and Spook are all effective topwaters for these fish, as is throwing a chrome finish Rat-L-Trap. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Oct. 2021 Detectives determined that the SUV in the video was a black Jeep Cherokee made between 2005 and 2010 with chrome accents and rims and a roof rack, the affidavit said. Dallas News, 28 Sep. 2021 Austin says of the airy entryway, which features an abstract light fixture punctuated by chrome, copper, and gold. Kristin Tablang, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 In comparison, Lincolns and Cadillacs seemed like flimsy cardboard dipped in plasti-chrome. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2021 The trick is to ease into the school quietly, using the troller as well as wind and tide, and then throwing a chrome topwater lure, a jig or a spoon about 4 to 6 inches long into the melee and cranking it back at warp speed. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Sep. 2021 Challenging the outdoor views for attention is the room’s centerpiece glass-tube elevator, which shoots between the home’s four levels, raising and lowering by means of a single chrome hydraulic piston. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 14 Sep. 2021 Turner glides around the room arranging various chrome accessories. Arden Fanning Andrew, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 Opening up the song with a series of flashing reflections of herself and her backup dancers, Normani slipped into a white void, clad in a shining chrome top with silver lamé pants, showing off her otherworldly vocals and flawless dance moves. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 12 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An extensive restoration was undertaken in 1968, and the car was finally handed down to the owner’s children in 2016, who commissioned a repaint in black, with accents that include copper brake drums and chrome accessories. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 The Tracker red and chrome 'Chopper' style bicycle is up for auction through East Bristol Auctions, and is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 July 2021 The new Lariat sport appearance package matches the Lariat model's bumpers, mirrors, and grille with the exterior color and equips chrome exhaust tips and black running boards. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2021 After all, the two GT trims already share a distinct mesh grille design, chrome dual exhaust tips, and a unique flat-bottom steering wheel. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 June 2020 Red-carpet moment: Zendaya in a fuchsia Tom Ford chromed breastplate with matching jersey evening skirt at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 The team is planning to wear maroon pants, jerseys and chrome gold helmets. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 7 Nov. 2019 In another scene, Taylor and Combs are chromed out in their Karl Kani matching sets. Nandi Howard, Essence, 5 Aug. 2019 Use these eye and lip crayons as pops of color for eyeliner, smokey eyes, chromed out lips, or a full monochromatic look! Marci Robin, Allure, 5 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of chrome


1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrome


borrowed from French chrôme, borrowed from Greek chrôma "color" — more at -chrome

Note: Name introduced by the French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763-1829) in "Du plomb rouge de Sibérie, et expériences sur le nouveau métal qu'il contient," Journal des mines, Messidor, An V [vol. 6, June-July, 1797], pp. 737-60. Vauquelin notes that a word meaning "color"—originally suggested to him by the mineralogist René-Just Haüy—is fitting for the metal not because it has a distinctive color itself, but because the combinations into which it enters with oxygen (as a green oxide and red acid) are remarkable for their colors.


derivative of chrome entry 1

Noun combining form or adjective combining form

borrowed from Greek -chrōmos "having a color (of the kind specified by the initial element)," adjective derivative of chrōmat-, chrôma "skin, complexion, color," from chrō- (the base of an s-stem *chrowos-, whence chrṓs "surface of the body, skin, flesh, complexion, color," of obscure origin) + -ma, resultative noun suffix

Note: The form *chrowos- is reconstructed on the basis of Mycenaean a-ko-ro-we-e "without spots" (or "of one color"). While chrṓs can be contracted directly from a nominative *chrowṓs, the Homeric accusative chróa, genitive chroós assume *chrowós-a, *chrowos-ós, with hyphaeresis of the second vowel of the stem.

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“Chrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chrome

: a type of metal that is used to cover other metals in order to make them shiny


\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium


\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : a chromium pigment

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