\ ˈhyü How to pronounce hue (audio) \

Definition of hue

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : overall character or appearance to the mind : complexion, aspect political parties of every hue— Louis Wasserman
2a : color all the hues of the rainbow
b : gradation of color the hues and shades of twilight— Colin Clark
c : the attribute of colors that permits them to be classed as red, yellow, green, blue, or an intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors red with an orange hue — compare brightness sense 2, lightness sense 2a, saturation sense 4


geographical name
\ ˈ(h)wā How to pronounce Hue (audio) , hü-ˈā, hyü-ˈā \
variants: or French Hué

Definition of Hue (Entry 2 of 2)

city and port in central Vietnam; formerly capital of Annam population 302,983

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Synonyms for hue

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of hue in a Sentence

Noun We decorated the room in hues of blue and green. suggested she wear brighter hues to complement her skin tone
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Clarkson's jackets made a return, this time in a turquoise hue. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 21 Sep. 2021 The half-bathroom is adorned with Phillip Jeffries wallpaper in a pink hue that features a flock of cranes in flight. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, 17 Sep. 2021 Most every person on the red carpet had their lips painted in some hue, and unlike the rest of their ensembles, these lipsticks are highly shoppable. Alexis Bennet, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2021 The dial is created in a golden hue to resemble the original inking machine but with remarkable modernity. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 At my local market, the year’s last corn is piled high, and there are big baskets of shapely sweet peppers in every hue. New York Times, 27 Aug. 2021 Pick a trench in a rich hue such as burgundy or brown, and coordinate with a pair of similarly textured pants in the same color family, but not an exact match. Marykate Boylan, Town & Country, 30 July 2021 This multiuse palette can be used to blend shimmery or matte pigments in neutral or purple hue on the eyes or cheeks. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 27 July 2021 For contrast, select a scrunchie in a bright hue for a pop of color. Daria Smith, Southern Living, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of hue


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

History and Etymology for hue


Middle English hewe, from Old English hīw; akin to Old Norse plant down, Goth hiwi form

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

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“Hue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hue

: a color or a shade of a color
: kind or type


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Kids Definition of hue

1 : color entry 1 sense 1 Flowers of every hue blossomed.
2 : a shade of a color I decorated my bedroom in hues of blue.


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Medical Definition of hue

: the one of the three psychological dimensions of color perception that permits them to be classified as red, yellow, green, blue, or an intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors and that is correlated with the wavelength or the combination of wavelengths comprising the stimulus — compare brightness, saturation sense 4a

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