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The aspect of color in the Munsell color system by which a sample appears to differ from a gray of the same lightness or brightness and that corresponds to saturation of the perceived color.

[Greek khrōma, color.]


1. (Colours) the attribute of a colour that enables an observer to judge how much chromatic colour it contains irrespective of achromatic colour present. See also saturation4
2. (Broadcasting) (in colour television) the colour component in a composite coded signal
[C19: from Greek khrōma colour]


(ˈkroʊ mə)

1. the purity of a color or its freedom from white or gray.
2. intensity of hue.
[1885–90; < Greek chrôma color]
value, chroma, hue - A color's value is its brightness, its chroma is its strength, and its hue is its position in the spectrum.
See also related terms for hue.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chroma - chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue
color property - an attribute of color
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The Munsell colour system (Figure 6) is an example of a colour-order system based on principles of colour perception.
Once she's armed with all the information she needs, Ann uses her knowledge picked up while training in image consultancy at the wellrespected Colour Me Beautiful centre in London, combined with the Munsell colour system - a scientific way of establishing how people react to certain colours - to decide what shades the client should be wearing.
Given that the guiding principle of the Munsell colour system was the equality of visual spacing (steps) for the 3 colour attributes (Wyszecki and Stiles 1982), soil-colour charts should provide systematically arranged chips at equal visual steps (Soil Survey Staff 1993).