color

color
col•or
[[t]ˈkʌl ər[/t]] n.
1) opt 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[/ex]
7) something that is used for coloring; pigment; dye
8) sbz spo 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[/ex]
c) a flag, ensign, etc., particularly the national flag
10) pan skin tone other than white as an indicator of racial or ethnic affiliation:
Persons of color had been denied their civil rights[/ex]
11) outward appearance or aspect; guise or show:
a lie that had the color of truth[/ex]
12) a pretext:
a mean trick under the color of a good deed[/ex]
13) law Law. an apparent or evident right:
holding possession under color of title[/ex]
14) mad tonal shading and timbre in music
15) mir a trace or particle of valuable mineral, esp. gold, as shown by washing auriferous gravel
16) phs a theoretical property that distinguishes the various states in which quarks exist
17) involving, utilizing, yielding, or possessing color:
a color TV[/ex]
18) to give or apply color to; tinge; paint; dye
19) to cause to appear different from the reality:
She colored her account[/ex]
20) to give a special character or quality to:
The author's animosities color his writing[/ex]
21) to take on or change color
22) to flush; blush
Etymology: 1250–1300; MEcol(e)ur< AF < L colōrem, acc. of color col′or•er, n. usage: See -or .

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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