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n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of color.
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(ˈkʌlə) or


1. (General Physics)
a. an attribute of things that results from the light they reflect, transmit, or emit in so far as this light causes a visual sensation that depends on its wavelengths
b. the aspect of visual perception by which an observer recognizes this attribute
c. the quality of the light producing this aspect of visual perception
d. (as modifier): colour vision.
2. (General Physics)
a. a colour, such as red or green, that possesses hue, as opposed to achromatic colours such as white or black
b. (as modifier): a colour television; a colour film. Compare black-and-white2
3. (Dyeing) a substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint, that imparts colour to something
4. (Anthropology & Ethnology)
a. the skin complexion of a person, esp as determined by race
b. (as modifier): colour prejudice; colour problem.
5. (Art Terms) the use of all the hues in painting as distinct from composition, form, and light and shade
6. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the quantity and quality of ink used in a printing process
7. (Music, other) the distinctive tone of a musical sound; timbre
8. vividness, authenticity, or individuality: period colour.
9. semblance or pretext (esp in the phrases take on a different colour, under colour of)
10. (Mining & Quarrying) US a precious mineral particle, esp gold, found in auriferous gravel
11. (General Physics) physics one of three characteristics of quarks, designated red, blue, or green, but having no relationship with the physical sensation
12. to give or apply colour to (something)
13. (tr) to give a convincing or plausible appearance to (something, esp to that which is spoken or recounted): to colour an alibi.
14. (tr) to influence or distort (something, esp a report or opinion): anger coloured her judgment.
15. (often foll by: up) to become red in the face, esp when embarrassed or annoyed
16. (Agriculture) (intr) (esp of ripening fruit) to change hue
[C13: from Old French colour from Latin color tint, hue]
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(ˈkʌl ər)

1. the quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by it, usu. determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.
2. the natural hue of the skin, esp. of the face; complexion.
3. a ruddy complexion, usu. indicating good health.
4. a blush.
5. vivid or distinctive quality, as of a literary work.
6. details in description, customs, speech, habits, etc., of a place or period: a novel about the Pilgrims with much local color.
7. something that is used for coloring; pigment; dye.
8. background information, as anecdotes or analyses of strategy, given by a sportscaster during a broadcast.
9. colors,
a. a colored badge, ribbon, or uniform worn or displayed to signify allegiance, membership, etc.
b. viewpoint or attitude; character; personality: to show one's true colors under stress.
c. a flag, ensign, etc., particularly the national flag.
10. skin tone other than white as an indicator of racial or ethnic affiliation: Persons of color had been denied their civil rights.
11. outward appearance or aspect; guise or show: a lie that had the color of truth.
12. a pretext: a mean trick under the color of a good deed.
13. Law. an apparent or evident right: holding possession under color of title.
14. tonal shading and timbre in music.
15. a trace or particle of valuable mineral, esp. gold, as shown by washing auriferous gravel.
16. Physics. a theoretical property that distinguishes the various states in which quarks exist.
17. involving, utilizing, yielding, or possessing color: a color TV.
18. to give or apply color to; tinge; paint; dye.
19. to cause to appear different from the reality: She colored her account.
20. to give a special character or quality to: The author's animosities color his writing.
21. to take on or change color.
22. to flush; blush.
change color,
a. to blush.
b. to turn pale.
[1250–1300; Middle English col(e)ur < Anglo-French < Latin colōrem, acc. of color]
col′or•er, n.
usage: See -or1.
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When you are describing the colour of something, you don't normally use the word colour. Don't say, for example, 'He wore a green colour tie'. You say 'He wore a green tie'.

She had blonde hair and green eyes.
She was wearing a bright yellow hat.

However, you sometimes use the word colour when you are asking about the colour of something, or when you are describing a colour in an indirect way.

What colour was the bird?
The paint was the colour of grass.

Be Careful!
In sentences like these you use be, not 'have'. Don't say 'What colour has the bird?' or 'The paint has the colour of grass'.

You also use the word colour when you are using more unusual colour words. For example, you can say that something is a bluish-green colour.

The plastic is treated with heat until it turns a milky white colour.
There was the sea, a glittering blue-green colour.

You can also say, for example, that something is bluish-green in colour.

The leaves are rough and grey-green in colour.

You can also add the suffix -coloured to the name of a colour.

He bought me a cheap gold-coloured bracelet.
He selected one of his most expensive cream-coloured suits.

The American spellings of 'colour' and '-coloured' are color and -colored.

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Past participle: coloured
Gerund: colouring

I colour
you colour
he/she/it colours
we colour
you colour
they colour
I coloured
you coloured
he/she/it coloured
we coloured
you coloured
they coloured
Present Continuous
I am colouring
you are colouring
he/she/it is colouring
we are colouring
you are colouring
they are colouring
Present Perfect
I have coloured
you have coloured
he/she/it has coloured
we have coloured
you have coloured
they have coloured
Past Continuous
I was colouring
you were colouring
he/she/it was colouring
we were colouring
you were colouring
they were colouring
Past Perfect
I had coloured
you had coloured
he/she/it had coloured
we had coloured
you had coloured
they had coloured
I will colour
you will colour
he/she/it will colour
we will colour
you will colour
they will colour
Future Perfect
I will have coloured
you will have coloured
he/she/it will have coloured
we will have coloured
you will have coloured
they will have coloured
Future Continuous
I will be colouring
you will be colouring
he/she/it will be colouring
we will be colouring
you will be colouring
they will be colouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been colouring
you have been colouring
he/she/it has been colouring
we have been colouring
you have been colouring
they have been colouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been colouring
you will have been colouring
he/she/it will have been colouring
we will have been colouring
you will have been colouring
they will have been colouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been colouring
you had been colouring
he/she/it had been colouring
we had been colouring
you had been colouring
they had been colouring
I would colour
you would colour
he/she/it would colour
we would colour
you would colour
they would colour
Past Conditional
I would have coloured
you would have coloured
he/she/it would have coloured
we would have coloured
you would have coloured
they would have coloured
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colour - any material used for its color; "she used a different color for the trim"
paint, pigment - a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating; "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
indicator - (chemistry) a substance that changes color to indicate the presence of some ion or substance; can be used to indicate the completion of a chemical reaction or (in medicine) to test for a particular reaction
mordant - a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
dye, dyestuff - a usually soluble substance for staining or coloring e.g. fabrics or hair
tincture - a substances that colors metals
hematochrome - a reddish coloring material found in some algae
pigment - dry coloring material (especially a powder to be mixed with a liquid to produce paint, etc.)
pigment - any substance whose presence in plant or animal tissues produces a characteristic color
stain - (microscopy) a dye or other coloring material that is used in microscopy to make structures visible
2.colour - a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)
race - people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock; "some biologists doubt that there are important genetic differences between races of human beings"
person of color, person of colour - (formal) any non-European non-white person
3.colour - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
high energy physics, high-energy physics, particle physics - the branch of physics that studies subatomic particles and their interactions
4.colour - interest and variety and intensitycolour - interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
interestingness, interest - the power of attracting or holding one's attention (because it is unusual or exciting etc.); "they said nothing of great interest"; "primary colors can add interest to a room"
5.colour - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
timbre, tone, quality, timber - (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound); "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"
6.colour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflectcolour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
visual property - an attribute of vision
primary color, primary colour - any of three colors from which all others can be obtained by mixing
heather mixture, heather - interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
mottle - an irregular arrangement of patches of color; "it was not dull grey as distance had suggested, but a mottle of khaki and black and olive-green"
tint, shade, tincture, tone - a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
achromatic color, achromatic colour - a color lacking hue; white or grey or black
coloration, colouration - appearance with regard to color; "her healthy coloration"
complexion, skin color, skin colour - the coloring of a person's face
dithered color, dithered colour, nonsolid color, nonsolid colour - a color produced by a pattern of differently colored dots that together simulate the desired color
7.colour - an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
color of law, colour of law - a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law; "the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"
simulacrum - an insubstantial or vague semblance
face value - the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth
guise, pretence, pretext, pretense - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
camouflage, disguise - an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something; "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
verisimilitude - the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
8.colour - the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
Verb1.colour - modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
2.colour - decorate with colors; "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
miniate - paint with red lead or vermilion
3.colour - give a deceptive explanation or excuse for; "color a lie"
apologise, rationalize, apologize, rationalise, justify, excuse - defend, explain, clear away, or make excuses for by reasoning; "rationalize the child's seemingly crazy behavior"; "he rationalized his lack of success"
4.colour - affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
5.colour - add color to; "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
blackwash - color with blackwash
parti-color, motley - make motley; color with different colors
polychrome, polychromise, polychromize - color with many colors; make polychrome
azure - color azure; "Morning azured the village"
empurple, purpurate, purple - color purple
aurify - turn golden
verdigris - color verdigris
pinkify - make pink
incarnadine - make flesh-colored
brown, embrown - make brown in color; "the draught browned the leaves on the trees in the yard"
handcolor, handcolour - color by hand; "Some old photographs are handcolored"
tinct, tint, tinge, touch - color lightly; "her greying hair was tinged blond"; "the leaves were tinged red in November"
pigment - color or dye with a pigment; "pigment a photograph"
hue, imbue - suffuse with color
retouch - give retouches to (hair); "retouch the roots"
silver - make silver in color; "Her worries had silvered her hair"
gray, grey - make grey; "The painter decided to grey the sky"
tone - change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
blotch, mottle, streak - mark with spots or blotches of different color or shades of color as if stained
6.colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
blush, crimson, flush, redden - turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame; "The girl blushed when a young man whistled as she walked by"
blanch, blench, pale - turn pale, as if in fear
bronze, tan - get a tan, from wind or sun
sunburn, burn - get a sunburn by overexposure to the sun
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
white, whiten - turn white; "This detergent will whiten your laundry"
black, blacken, nigrify, melanise, melanize - make or become black; "The smoke blackened the ceiling"; "The ceiling blackened"
turn - change color; "In Vermont, the leaves turn early"
silver - turn silver; "The man's hair silvered very attractively"
dye - color with dye; "Please dye these shoes"
redden - turn red or redder; "The sky reddened"
purple - become purple
gray, grey - turn grey; "Her hair began to grey"
yellow - turn yellow; "The pages of the book began to yellow"
tone - change the color or tone of; "tone a negative"
green - turn or become green; "The trees are greening"
blue - turn blue
Adj.1.colour - having or capable of producing colors; "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"
photography, picture taking - the act of taking and printing photographs
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U.S. color
1. hue, tone, shade, tint, tinge, tincture, colourway The badges come in twenty different colours and shapes.
2. paint, stain, dye, tint, pigment, tincture, coloration, colourwash, colorant the latest range of lip and eye colours
3. skin colour, race, complexion, ethnicity, pigmentation His colour and ethnic origins are not the issue here.
4. rosiness, glow, bloom, flush, blush, brilliance, redness, vividness, ruddiness There was a touch of colour in her cheeks.
5. liveliness, life, interest, excitement, animation, zest The ceremony brought a touch of colour to the normally drab proceedings.
plural noun
1. flag, standard, banner, emblem, ensign Troops raised the country's colours in a special ceremony.
2. kit, strip, uniform, regalia I was wearing the team's colours.
3. nature, quality, character, aspect, personality, stamp, traits, temperament After we were married, he showed his true colours.
1. tint, stain, dye Saffron can be used to colour the rice yellow.
2. blush, flush, crimson, redden, go crimson, burn, go as red as a beetroot He couldn't help noticing that she coloured slightly.
3. influence, affect, prejudice, distort, pervert, taint, slant The attitude of parents colours the way their children behave.
4. exaggerate, disguise, embroider, misrepresent, falsify, gloss over, airbrush He wrote a highly coloured account of his childhood.
Related words
fear chromophobia
see shades from black to white, shades of blue, shades of brown, shades of green, shades of orange, shades of purple, shades of red, shades of yellow
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barvabarva pletibarvitostnabarvitnatřít
hörundsliturlíf og fjörlitalita, lit-litur
bespalvisblankusdaltonikasdažaidažomoji medžiaga
farba pletikolorit
màu sắc


color (US) [ˈkʌləʳ]
A. N
1. (= shade) → color m
what colour is it?¿de qué color es?
they come in different colourslos hay de varios colores
to change colourcambiar or mudar de color
it was green in colourera de color verde
as time goes by my memories take on a different colour (fig) → con el paso de los años mis recuerdos van tomando otro color
let's see the colour of your money! (hum) → ¡a ver la pasta!
2. (= colourfulness) → color m
splashes of coloursalpicones fpl or notas fpl de color
what this room needs is a touch of colourlo que este cuarto necesita es un toque de color
in colour (TV, Cine) → en color
3. (= dye, paint, pigment) → color m
the latest lip and eye colourslos últimos colores para labios y ojos
4. (= complexion) → color m
the colour drained from his facepalidecióse le fue el color de la cara
the colour rose to her facese le subieron los colores
to put the colour back in sb's cheeksdevolverle el color or los colores a algn
to be off colourestar indispuesto
5. (= race) → color m
people of colour (US) → personas fpl de color
6. colours [of country, team] → colores mpl; (= flag) → bandera f (Mil) → estandarte m
the Hungarian national colourslos colores húngaros; (= flag) → la bandera húngara
to salute the colourssaludar a la bandera
the battalion's coloursel estandarte del batallón
he was wearing the team's coloursvestía los colores del equipo
with flying colours she passed her exams with flying coloursaprobó los exámenes con unas notas excelentes
he has come out of all the tests with flying coloursha salido airoso de todas las pruebas
to nail one's colours to the mast he nailed his colours to the masthizo constar sus opiniones
to show one's true colours; show o.s. in one's true coloursdemostrar cómo se es de verdad
see also flying A
7. (= authenticity, vividness) → color m, colorido m
an article full of local colourun artículo lleno de colorido local
8. (= pretext) under the colour ofbajo la apariencia de ...
9. (Mus) (also tone colour) → timbre m
1. (= apply colour to) [+ picture] (with paint) → pintar; (with crayons) → colorear
2. (= dye, tint) → teñir
to colour one's hairteñirse or tintarse el pelo
3. (= influence) → influir en
his politics are coloured by his upbringingsus opiniones políticas están influenciadas por su educación
you must not allow it to colour your judgementno debes permitir que influya en tu juicio
1. (= blush) → ponerse colorado, sonrojarse
2. (= change colour) → tomar color
fry the onion until it begins to colourfría la cebolla hasta que empiece a coger color
3. (with crayons) [child] → colorear
D. CPD [film, photograph, slide] → en or (LAm) a color
colour bar Nbarrera f racial
colour blindness Ndaltonismo m
colour filter N (Phot) → filtro m de color
colour guard N (Mil) → portaestandarte mf
colour line Nbarrera f de color
colour match Ncoordinación f de colores
colour prejudice Nprejuicio m racial
colour scheme Ncombinación f de colores
colour sergeant N (Mil) → sargento mf portaestandarte
colour supplement N (Journalism) → suplemento m a color
colour television Ntelevisión f en color, televisión f a color (LAm)
colour in VT + ADV (with crayons) → colorear; (with paint) → pintar
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[ˈkʌlər] (British) color (US)
[thing] → couleur f
What colour is it? → C'est de quelle couleur?
in colour [film, illustrations] → en couleur
to want to see the colour of sb's money → vouloir voir la couleur de l'argent de qn
[person, skin] → couleur f
(= dye) → teinture f
(= liveliness) → couleur f colours
[party, club] → couleurs fpl
(= flag) [army] → drapeau m
to pass with flying colours → réussir haut la main
to nail one's colours to the mast → annoncer la couleur
to nail one's colours to sb's mast → porter les couleurs de qn
to see sb in their true colours → percer qn à jour
to show one's true colours → se montrer sous son vrai jour
(gen)colorer; [+ hair] → teindre; [+ nails] → vernir
[+ picture] (with paint)peindre; (with crayons)colorier
[+ judgement] → fausser
vi [person] → rougir
colour in
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, (US) color
(lit, fig)Farbe f; what colour is it?welche Farbe hat es?; red/yellow in colourrot/gelb; the film was in colourder Film war in Farbe; colour illustrationfarbige Illustration; a good sense of colourein guter Farbensinn; let’s see the colour of your money first (inf)zeig erst mal dein Geld her (inf); the colour of a note (Mus) → die Klangfarbe eines Tons ? glowing
(= complexion)(Gesichts)farbe f; to change colourdie Farbe wechseln; to get one’s colour backwieder Farbe bekommen; to bring the colour back to somebody’s cheeksjdm wieder Farbe geben; to have a high colour (Brit) → eine gesunde Gesichtsfarbe haben; (= look feverish)rot im Gesicht sein; he had gone a funny colourer nahm eine komische Farbe an
(racial) → Hautfarbe f; I don’t care what colour he isseine Hautfarbe interessiert mich nicht; people of colour (dated)Farbige pl
colours pl (= paints)Farben pl; a box of coloursein Mal- or Tuschkasten m
(fig: = bias: of newspaper, report) → Färbung f
(of place, period etc)Atmosphäre f; to add colour to a storyeiner Geschichte (dat)Farbe geben; the pageantry and colour of Elizabethan Englandder Prunk und die Farbenpracht des Elisabethanischen England
(= appearance of truth) to lend colour to a taleeine Geschichte ausschmücken
colours pl (= symbols of membership)Farben pl; (Sport) → (Sport)abzeichen nt; (= flag)Fahne f; the regimental coloursdie Regimentsfahne; to serve with/join the colours (old)der Fahne dienen (dated)/den bunten Rock anziehen (old); to nail one’s colours to the mast (fig)Farbe bekennen; to nail one’s colours to somebody’s mast (fig)sich zu jdm bekennen; to sail under false colours (fig)unter falscher Flagge segeln; to show one’s true colours (fig)sein wahres Gesicht zeigen
(lit)anmalen; (Art) → kolorieren; (= dye)färben
(fig)beeinflussen; (= bias deliberately)färben
(leaves)sich (ver)färben
(person: also colour up) → rot werden, erröten


, (US) color in cpdsFarb-; (racial) → Rassen-; (Mil) → Fahnen-;
colour bar
nRassenschranke f; (in country also) → Rassenschranken pl; to operate a colourRassentrennung praktizieren
colour blindness
colour coordination
colour copy
nFarbkopie f


, (US) color:
colour party
nFahnenträgerkommando nt
colour photograph
nFarbfoto nt
colour postcard
colour retention
n (of clothes, paint)Farbechtheit f
colour scheme
nFarbzusammenstellung f
colour sergeant
n (Mil) → Fahnenträger m
colour supplement
nFarbbeilage f, → Magazin nt
colour television
nFarbfernsehen nt; (= set)Farbfernseher m
colour transparency
nFarbdia nt
colourwash, (US) colorwash
nFarbtünche f
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color (Am) [ˈkʌləʳ]
1. n
a. (gen) → colore m
what colour is it? → di che colore è?
I want to see the colour of his money → voglio vederlo con i soldi in mano
to change colour → cambiare colore
b. (complexion) → colore m, colorito
to get one's colour back → riprendere colore
the colour drained from his face → impallidì
c. colours npl (Mil, Naut) → colori mpl; (of party, club) → emblemi mpl
to salute the colours → salutare la bandiera
to see sth in its true colours (fig) (usu pej) → vedere qc come veramente è
to show one's true colours (fig) (usu pej) → rivelare la propria vera personalità
to come through (sth) with flying colours (fig) → passare (qc) a pieni voti
2. vt (gen) → colorare; (tint, dye) → tingere (fig) (affect) → influenzare
to colour sth green → tingere or colorare qc di verde
3. vi (blush) (also colour up) → arrossire
4. adj (film, slide, photograph, television) → a colori
colour in vt + advcolorare
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(American) color (ˈkalə) noun
1. a quality which objects have, and which can be seen, only when light falls on them. What colour is her dress?; Red, blue and yellow are colours.
2. paint(s). That artist uses water-colours.
3. (a) skin-colour varying with race. people of all colours.
4. vividness; interest. There's plenty of colour in his stories.
(of photographs etc) in colour, not black and white. colour film; colour television.
to put colour on; to paint. They coloured the walls yellow.
ˈcoloured adjective
1. having colour. She prefers white baths to coloured baths.
2. belonging to a dark-skinned race. There are only two white families living in this street – the rest are coloured.
(sometimes used impolitely) a dark-skinned person especially of Negro origin.
ˈcolourful adjective
1. full of colour. a colourful pattern.
2. vivid and interesting. a colourful account of his experiences.
ˈcolouring noun
1. something used to give colour. She put pink colouring in the icing.
2. complexion. She had very high colouring (= a very pink complexion).
ˈcolourless adjective
1. without colour. Water is colourless.
2. not lively or interesting. a colourless young woman.
ˈcolours noun plural
1. the distinction of winning a place in the team in some sports. He won his cricket colours last season.
2. a flag. Army regiments salute the colours when on parade.
3. a tunic of certain colours worn by a jockey to show that his race-horse belongs to a certain person.
ˈcolour-blind adjective
unable to tell the difference between certain colours. As he was colour-blind he could not distinguish between red and green.
ˈcolour scheme noun
an arrangement or choice of colours in decorating a house etc.
ˌoff-ˈcolour adjective
not feeling well. He was a bit off-colour the morning after the party.
colour in
to put colour into (drawings etc). He coloured in all the oblong shapes on the page.
show oneself in one's true colours
to show or express one's real character, opinion etc. He pretends to be very generous but he showed himself in his true colours when he refused to give money to charity.
with flying colours
with great success. He passed his exam with flying colours.
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لَوْن barva farve Farbe χρώμα color väri couleur boja colore kleur farge kolor cor цвет färg สี renk màu sắc 颜色
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References in classic literature ?
Colour, if Tradition speaks the truth, once for the space of half a dozen centuries or more, threw a transient splendour over the lives of our ancestors in the remotest ages.
Immoral, licentious, anarchical, unscientific -- call them by what names you will -- yet, from an aesthetic point of view, those ancient days of the Colour Revolt were the glorious childhood of Art in Flatland -- a childhood, alas, that never ripened into manhood, nor even reached the blossom of youth.
If we are so to regard it, we must distinguish the seeing from what is seen: we must say that, when we see a patch of colour of a certain shape, the patch of colour is one thing and our seeing of it is another.
When I see a patch of colour, it seemed to me that the colour is not psychical, but physical, while my seeing is not physical, but psychical.
We presented the black priest with a few shillings, and the Spaniard, patting him on the head, said, with much candour, he thought his colour made no great difference.
More than once I have tried to picture myself in the position of a boy or man with an honoured and distinguished ancestry which I could trace back through a period of hundreds of years, and who had not only inherited a name, but fortune and a proud family homestead; and yet I have sometimes had the feeling that if I had inherited these, and had been a member of a more popular race, I should have been inclined to yield to the temptation of depending upon my ancestry and my colour to do that for me which I should do for myself.
"Why, I can always SEE the colour of any thought I think.
One evening he tied two cats together by their hind legs with a string about six feet in length, and threw them from the wall into the midst of that noble, that princely, that royal bed, which contained not only the "Cornelius de Witt," but also the "Beauty of Brabant," milk-white, edged with purple and pink, the "Marble of Rotterdam," colour of flax, blossoms feathered red and flesh colour, the "Wonder of Haarlem," the "Colombin obscur," and the "Columbin clair terni."
SOCRATES: And if he similarly asked what colour is, and you answered whiteness, and the questioner rejoined, Would you say that whiteness is colour or a colour?
Birds acquiring fear; annually cross the Atlantic; colour of, on continents; fossil, in caves of Brazil; of Madeira, Bermuda, and Galapagos; song of males; transporting seeds; waders; wingless; with traces of embryonic teeth
And with fifty mirrors around you, which flattered your play of colours, and repeated it!
Both the impostors begged him to be so kind as to step closer, and asked him if it were not a beautiful texture and lovely colours. They pointed to the empty loom, and the poor old minister went forward rubbing his eyes; but he could see nothing, for there was nothing there.