What does color mean?

Definitions for color
ˈkʌl ərcol·or

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word color.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. color, colour, coloring, colouring(noun)

    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"

  2. color, colour, vividness(noun)

    interest and variety and intensity

    "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"

  3. color, colour, coloration, colouration(noun)

    the timbre of a musical sound

    "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"

  4. color, colour, people of color, people of colour(noun)

    a race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks)

  5. semblance, gloss, color, colour(noun)

    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"

  6. coloring material, colouring material, color, colour(noun)

    any material used for its color

    "she used a different color for the trim"

  7. color, colour(noun)

    (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

    "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

  8. color, colour(adj)

    the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation

  9. color, colour(verb)

    having or capable of producing colors

    "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"

  10. color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour in(verb)

    add color to

    "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"

  11. tinge, color, colour, distort(verb)

    affect as in thought or feeling

    "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"

  12. color, colour(verb)

    modify or bias

    "His political ideas color his lectures"

  13. color, colour, emblazon(verb)

    decorate with colors

    "color the walls with paint in warm tones"

  14. color, colour, gloss(verb)

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

  15. discolor, discolour, colour, color(verb)

    change color, often in an undesired manner

    "The shirts discolored"


  1. color(Noun)

    The spectral composition of visible light.

    Humans and birds can perceive color.

  2. color(Noun)

    A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class; blee.

    Most languages have names for the colors black, white, red, and green.

  3. color(Noun)

    Hue as opposed to achromatic colors (black, white and greys).

    He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all color".

  4. color(Noun)

    Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.

    Color has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

  5. color(Noun)

    interest, especially in a selective area.

    a bit of local color.

  6. color(Noun)

    In corporate finance, details on sales, profit margins, or other financial figures, especially while reviewing quarterly results when an officer of a company is speaking to investment analysts.

    Could you give me some color with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?

  7. color(Noun)

    A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.

  8. color(Noun)

    Any of the colored balls excluding the reds.

  9. color(Noun)

    A front or facade: an ostensible truth actually false.

  10. color(Verb)

    To give something color.

    We could color the walls red.

  11. color(Verb)

    To draw within the boundaries of a line drawing using colored markers or crayons.

    My kindergartener loves to color.

  12. color(Verb)

    To become red through increased blood flow.

  13. color(Verb)

    To affect without completely changing.

    That interpretation certainly colors my perception of the book.

  14. color(Verb)

    To attribute a quality to.

    Color me confused.

  15. color(Verb)

    To assign colors to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same color.

  16. color(Noun)

    An appearance of right or authority.

    Under color of law, he managed to bilk taxpayers of millions of dollars.

  17. color(Noun)

    Skin color noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment

  18. color(Adjective)

    Conveying color, as opposed to shades of gray.

    Color television and movies were considered a great improvement over black and white.

  19. Origin: color, from colur, from colour, color, from color, from colos "covering", from kel-. Akin to Latin celo. See usage note below. Displaced Middle English blee, from Old English bleo. More at blee.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Color(noun)

    a property depending on the relations of light to the eye, by which individual and specific differences in the hues and tints of objects are apprehended in vision; as, gay colors; sad colors, etc

  2. Color(noun)

    any hue distinguished from white or black

  3. Color(noun)

    the hue or color characteristic of good health and spirits; ruddy complexion

  4. Color(noun)

    that which is used to give color; a paint; a pigment; as, oil colors or water colors

  5. Color(noun)

    that which covers or hides the real character of anything; semblance; excuse; disguise; appearance

  6. Color(noun)

    shade or variety of character; kind; species

  7. Color(noun)

    a distinguishing badge, as a flag or similar symbol (usually in the plural); as, the colors or color of a ship or regiment; the colors of a race horse (that is, of the cap and jacket worn by the jockey)

  8. Color(noun)

    an apparent right; as where the defendant in trespass gave to the plaintiff an appearance of title, by stating his title specially, thus removing the cause from the jury to the court

  9. Color(verb)

    to change or alter the hue or tint of, by dyeing, staining, painting, etc.; to dye; to tinge; to paint; to stain

  10. Color(verb)

    to change or alter, as if by dyeing or painting; to give a false appearance to; usually, to give a specious appearance to; to cause to appear attractive; to make plausible; to palliate or excuse; as, the facts were colored by his prejudices

  11. Color(verb)

    to hide

  12. Color(verb)

    to acquire color; to turn red, especially in the face; to blush

  13. Origin: [OF. color, colur, colour, F. couleur, L. color; prob. akin to celare to conceal (the color taken as that which covers). See Helmet.]


  1. Color

    Color or colour is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects, materials, light sources, etc., based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates. Because perception of color stems from the varying spectral sensitivity of different types of cone cells in the retina to different parts of the spectrum, colors may be defined and quantified by the degree to which they stimulate these cells. These physical or physiological quantifications of color, however, do not fully explain the psychophysical perception of color appearance. The science of color is sometimes called chromatics, chromatography, colorimetry, or simply color science. It includes the perception of color by the human eye and brain, the origin of color in materials, color theory in art, and the physics of electromagnetic radiation in the visible range.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Color

    The visually perceived property of objects created by absorption or reflection of specific wavelengths of light.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of color in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of color in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of color in a Sentence

  1. Paul Street:

    Because of his skin color.

  2. Seth Meyers:

    Today was national color day.

  3. Ian Shoales:

    Favorite color: I hate colors.

  4. Laertius Diogenes:

    Blushing is the color of virtue.

  5. Liu Hainian:

    Most of those were people of color.

Images & Illustrations of color

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