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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'.
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.
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.
You can also say, for example, that something is bluish-green in colour.
You can also add the suffix -coloured to the name of a colour.
The American spellings of 'colour' and '-coloured' are color and -colored.
Past participle: coloured
|Noun||1.||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
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"
|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?"
|4.||colour - interest and variety and intensity; "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"|
|5.||colour - the timbre of a musical sound; "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"|
|6.||colour - 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
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"
|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"|
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|
|Verb||1.||colour - modify or bias; "His political ideas color his lectures"|
|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"|
|4.||colour - affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"|
|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
azure - color azure; "Morning azured the village"
aurify - turn golden
verdigris - color verdigris
pinkify - make pink
incarnadine - make flesh-colored
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"
retouch - give retouches to (hair); "retouch the roots"
silver - make silver in color; "Her worries had silvered her hair"
tone - change to a color image; "tone a photographic image"
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"
|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"
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"
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
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"|
colourcolor (US) [ˈkʌləʳ]
what colour is it? → ¿de qué color es?
they come in different colours → los hay de varios colores
to change colour → cambiar or mudar de color
it was green in colour → era 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!
splashes of colour → salpicones fpl or notas fpl de color
what this room needs is a touch of colour → lo que este cuarto necesita es un toque de color
in colour (TV, Cine) → en color
the latest lip and eye colours → los últimos colores para labios y ojos
the colour drained from his face → palideció → se le fue el color de la cara
the colour rose to her face → se le subieron los colores
to put the colour back in sb's cheeks → devolverle el color or los colores a algn
to be off colour → estar indispuesto
the Hungarian national colours → los colores húngaros; (= flag) → la bandera húngara
to salute the colours → saludar a la bandera
the battalion's colours → el estandarte del batallón
he was wearing the team's colours → vestía los colores del equipo
with flying colours she passed her exams with flying colours → aprobó los exámenes con unas notas excelentes
he has come out of all the tests with flying colours → ha salido airoso de todas las pruebas
to nail one's colours to the mast he nailed his colours to the mast → hizo constar sus opiniones
to show one's true colours; show o.s. in one's true colours → demostrar cómo se es de verdad
see also flying A
an article full of local colour → un artículo lleno de colorido local
fry the onion until it begins to colour → fría la cebolla hasta que empiece a coger color
colour bar N → barrera f racial
colour blindness N → daltonismo m
colour filter N (Phot) → filtro m de color
colour guard N (Mil) → portaestandarte mf
colour line N → barrera f de color
colour match N → coordinación f de colores
colour prejudice N → prejuicio m racial
colour scheme N → combinación f de colores
colour sergeant N (Mil) → sargento mf portaestandarte
colour supplement N (Journalism) → suplemento m a color
colour television N → televisión f en color, televisión f a color (LAm)
colour[ˈkʌlər] (British) color (US)
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
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
colour, (US) color
colour, (US) color in cpds → Farb-; (racial) → Rassen-; (Mil) → Fahnen-;
colour, (US) color:
colourcolor (Am) [ˈkʌləʳ]
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
to get one's colour back → riprendere colore
the colour drained from his face → impallidì
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
to colour sth green → tingere or colorare qc di verde
colour(American) color (ˈkalə) noun
colour→ لَوْن barva farve Farbe χρώμα color väri couleur boja colore 色 색 kleur farge kolor cor цвет färg สี renk màu sắc 颜色
- Do you have this in another color? (US)
Do you have this in another colour? (UK)
- I don't like the color (US)
I don't like the colour (UK)
- A color film, please (US)
A colour film, please (UK)
- I need a color film for this camera (US)
I need a colour film for this camera (UK)
- Is there a color printer? (US)
Is there a colour printer? (UK)
- In color (US)
In colour (UK)
- I'd like a color photocopy of this, please (US)
I'd like a colour photocopy of this, please (UK)
- This color, please (US)
This colour, please (UK)