Definitions for yellowˈyɛl oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yel•low*ˈyɛl oʊ(n.; adj.; v.)-low•er, -low•est

  1. (n.)a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.; the primary color between green and orange in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 570 and 590 nm.

  2. the yolk of an egg.

  3. a yellow pigment or dye.

  4. Slang.

    Category: Pharmacology, Status (usage)

    Ref: yellow jacket (def. 2). 2

  5. (adj.)of the color yellow.

  6. Usually Offensive. designating or pertaining to an Asian person or Asian peoples. designating a person of mixed racial origin, esp. of black and white heritage, whose skin is yellowish or yellowish brown.

    Category: Physical Anthropology, Status (usage)

  7. having a sallow or yellowish complexion.

  8. having a yellowish cast due to age or deterioration:

    a stack of yellow newspapers.

  9. cowardly.

    Category: Informal

  10. emphasizing sensational or lurid details:

    yellow journalism.

    Category: Journalism

  11. (v.i.)to make or become yellow.

* Usage: The racial designation represented by definition 7a is usually perceived as insulting. Mongoloid is the preferred scientific term. However, many anthropologists reject the concept of races based on physical traits and prefer to classify human beings into ethnic groups. Definition 7b is usually perceived as insulting, also because it refers to a physical trait.

Origin of yellow:

bef. 900; ME yelou, OE geolo, geolu, c. OS, OHG gelo


Princeton's WordNet

  1. yellow, yellowness(adj)

    yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons

  2. yellow, yellowish, xanthous(adj)

    of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk

  3. chicken, chickenhearted, lily-livered, white-livered, yellow, yellow-bellied(adj)

    easily frightened

  4. yellow, yellowed(adj)

    changed to a yellowish color by age

    "yellowed parchment"

  5. scandalmongering, sensationalistic, yellow(a)(adj)

    typical of tabloids

    "sensational journalistic reportage of the scandal"; "yellow press"

  6. yellow(adj)

    cowardly or treacherous

    "the little yellow stain of treason"-M.W.Straight; "too yellow to stand and fight"

  7. jaundiced, icteric, yellow(verb)

    affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc

  8. yellow(verb)

    turn yellow

    "The pages of the book began to yellow"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yellow(adjective)ˈyɛl oʊ

    having the color of a lemon

    a yellow t-shirt; I'm planning to paint the room yellow.


  1. yellow(Noun)

    The colour of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light.

  2. yellow(Noun)

    The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.

  3. yellow(Noun)

    One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 2 points.

  4. yellow(Noun)

    One of two groups of object balls, or a ball from that group, as used in the principally British version of pool that makes use of unnumbered balls (the (yellow[s] and red[s]); contrast stripes and solids in the originally American version with numbered balls).

  5. yellow(Noun)

    yellow card

  6. yellow(Verb)

    To become yellow or more yellow.

  7. yellow(Verb)

    To cause to become yellow or more yellow.

  8. yellow(Adjective)

    Having yellow as its colour.

  9. yellow(Adjective)

    Lacking courage.

  10. yellow(Adjective)

    Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.

  11. yellow(Adjective)

    Asian .

  12. yellow(Adjective)

    Related to the Liberal Democrats.

  13. yellow(Adjective)

    Related to the Free Democratic Party.

    The black-yellow coalition

  14. Origin: yelwe, from geolu, geolwe, from gelwaz, from ǵʰelh₃-u̯os (compare Welsh gelw, helvus, želvas), from (compare Irish geal, χλωρός, Persian زر, Sanskrit हरि).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yellow

    being of a bright saffronlike color; of the color of gold or brass; having the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is between the orange and the green

  2. Yellow(noun)

    a bright golden color, reflecting more light than any other except white; the color of that part of the spectrum which is between the orange and green

  3. Yellow(noun)

    a yellow pigment

  4. Yellow(verb)

    to make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to dye yellow

  5. Yellow(verb)

    to become yellow or yellower


  1. Yellow

    Yellow is the color of gold, butter, or ripe lemons. In the spectrum of visible light, and in the traditional color wheel used by painters, yellow is located between green and orange. Yellow is commonly associated with gold, sunshine, reason, optimism and pleasure, but also with envy, jealousy and betrayal. It plays an important part in Asian culture, particularly in China.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yellow' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2686

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yellow' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1423

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yellow' in Adjectives Frequency: #324

Translations for yellow

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) the colour of gold, the yolk of an egg etc

a yellow dress; yellow sands; Yellow is my favourite colour.

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