What does colour mean?

Definitions for colour
ˈkʌl ərcolour

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coloring material, colouring material, color, colournoun

    any material used for its color

    "she used a different color for the trim"

  2. color, colour, people of color, people of colournoun

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

  3. color, colournoun

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

    "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

  4. color, colour, vividnessnoun

    interest and variety and intensity

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

  5. color, colour, coloration, colourationnoun

    the timbre of a musical sound

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

  6. color, colour, coloring, colouringnoun

    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"

  7. semblance, gloss, color, colournoun

    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"

  8. color, colouradjective

    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, colourverb

    having or capable of producing colors

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

  10. color, colourverb

    modify or bias

    "His political ideas color his lectures"

  11. color, colour, emblazonverb

    decorate with colors

    "color the walls with paint in warm tones"

  12. color, colour, glossverb

    give a deceptive explanation or excuse for

    "color a lie"

  13. tinge, color, colour, distortverb

    affect as in thought or feeling

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

  14. color, colorize, colorise, colourise, colourize, colour, color in, colour inverb

    add color to

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

  15. discolor, discolour, colour, colorverb

    change color, often in an undesired manner

    "The shirts discolored"

Wiktionary

  1. colournoun

    The spectral composition of visible light

    Humans and birds can perceive colour

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  2. colournoun

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

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

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  3. colournoun

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

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

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  4. colournoun

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

    Colour has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  5. colournoun

    Interest, especially in a selective area

    a bit of local colour

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  6. colournoun

    Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  7. colournoun

    A standard or banner.

    The loss of their colours destroyed the regiment's morale.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  8. colournoun

    The system of colour television.

    This film is broadcast in colour.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  9. colournoun

    An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.

    He was awarded colours for his football.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  10. colourverb

    To give something colour.

    We could colour the walls red.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  11. colourverb

    To apply colours to the areas within the boundaries of a line drawing using coloured markers or crayons.

    My son loves to colour.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  12. colourverb

    Of a face: To become red through increased blood flow, implying due to strong emotion.

    Her face coloured as she realised her mistake.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  13. colourverb

    To affect without completely changing.

    That interpretation certainly colours my perception of the book.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  14. colourverb

    To attribute a quality to.

    Colour me confused.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  15. colournoun

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

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  16. colournoun

    The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

  17. colournoun

    Any of the coloured balls excluding the reds.

    Etymology: From color, via colour (Early Anglo-Norman culur). The US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colournoun

    see Color

Freebase

  1. Colour

    A colour is a name for certain kinds of flags. ⁕On land, it usually refers to regimental colours, but the term is also used outside military situations - for example, Boys Brigade as well as the Scout and Girl Guide flags are known as colours. ⁕At sea, the term "flying the colours" refers to a warship sailing on the high seas and flying its national ensign, thereby making its presence known to other naval powers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Colour

    kul′ur, n. a property of light which causes bodies to have different appearances to the eye: the hue or appearance which bodies present to the eye: appearance of blood in the face: appearance: pretext: tint: paint: false show: kind: (pl.) a flag, ensign, or standard: paints.—v.t. to put colour on: to stain: to paint: to set in a fair light: to exaggerate: to misrepresent.—v.i. to show colour: to blush.—adjs. Colorif′ic, containing or producing colours; Col′ourable, having a fair appearance: designed to conceal.—adv. Col′ourably.—n. Colourā′tion.—adj. Col′our-blind, unable to distinguish between colours.—n. Col′our-blind′ness.—adjs. Col′oured, having colour: (Spens.) having a specious appearance, deceitful: of the complexion, other than white.—ns. Col′ouring, any substance used to give colour: manner of applying colours: specious appearance; Col′ourist, one who colours or paints: one who excels in colouring.—adj. Col′ourless, without colour: transparent: neutral.—ns. Col′ourman, one who prepares and sells colours; Col′our-ser′geant, the sergeant who guards the colours of a regiment.—adj. Col′oury, having much colour.—Colour a pipe, to cause a tobacco-pipe, esp. a meerschaum, to take on a brown or black colour, by smoking.—A person of colour, a person of negro blood.—Change colour, to turn pale: to blush; Come off with flying colours, to do something with great éclat; Come out in one's true colours, to appear in one's real character; Desert one's colours, to abandon one's post or duty; Fast colour, a colour which does not fade when washed; Fight under false colours, to put forward a false pretence as a cover for one's actions; Give colour, to give plausibility: Hang out false colours, to put up another's flag, to pretend to belong to another party than one really does; High colour, pronounced redness of complexion; Lose colour, to lose one's good looks; Nail one's colours to the mast, to commit one's self to some party or plan of action; Off colour, faded: past one's best; Paint in bright colours, to embellish: to exaggerate; Primary colours, the three colours, red, green, and violet, from which the others, called Secondary colours, can be obtained; Show one's colours, to show what are one's inclinations, opinions, or character; Stick to one's colours, to adhere to one's party or opinions; Under colour of, under the pretext of; Without colour, without disguise: colourless: without individuality. [Fr.,—L. color; akin to celāre, to cover, to conceal.]

Editors Contribution

  1. colour

    A visual attribute of a person, people, plant, nature, or thing that results from the light emitted, transmitted or reflected.

    Colour is beautiful and looks amazing when a colour is painted with another.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  
  2. colour

    Is the visual perceptual quality seen through the eyes of a human or animal derived from the spectrum of light visible in and through the eyes.

    Colours are vital for our perception of life, they bring so much joy.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colour' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #932

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colour' in Written Corpus Frequency: #841

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colour' in Nouns Frequency: #255

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'colour' in Verbs Frequency: #999

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colour in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of colour in a Sentence

  1. Francois Curiel:

    It is absolutely a top price for a stone of this quality, because of its colour. There are few pink-pink the way this one was, it shows we are dealing with a very healthy stone market.

  2. Akram Al Deek:

    Notes To Self: 1.The falling of autumn leaves is not your fault. 2.Stop piling candles for decoration. They are meant to be burnt. 3.Silence has a voice of its own. Listen to your own silence. 4.A piece of advice from a divorced and a formerly political prisoner: “to be successful, avoid two things: women and politics!” 5.A semi-colon is the middle finger in a sentence when writing fiction. 6.Be sadist when you write. Good things come out of your character only when bad things happen to them. 7.A comedian once said: if you are looking for sympathy in life, you will only find it in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. 8.No expectations. Just instincts. 9.Undergraduate degrees of creative writing are rubbish. They are vehicles of producing mass ignorance. Because if undergraduates want to become writers, they have to spend their twenties reading excessively first. 10.Every time you get rejected by a publisher, be thankful. It is a boost for your ego to keep going forward. It is a second chance to reflect, write, and edit. It is a rebirth. It is similar to being given the question-sheet in an exam to revisit your answers before you submit your paper. 11.You are fake and hypocritical when you write for fame or political purpose. These are exterior. Honest and free writing is interior: that is when you write for yourself. 12.Mark things in green. It is the colour of grace, hope and nature. Red is bloody and fascist. 13.Reason, not need. - King Lear 14.Your body is roughly 72 per cent water. Keep hydrated. 15.Read alone. Write alone. Eat accompanied. 16.Do not drive all the time. Cycle when possible. 17.More radio. Less TV. 18.Read more. Write less. Writing comes later. 19.Sing to a mirror. 20.Re-paint your walls. 21.Read an article or summarise a short story a day. 22.Learn a new word a day too. 23.Become drunk with poetry. 24.Watch foreign films. 25.Buy mother a piece of jewellery with first salary. 26.Publish a book before you are 30. 27.Practice poetry. For fun. 28.Have a tattoo you will regret. 29.Put that bloody mobile phone down! Do not become a machine driven by machines! 30.Speak less. Listen more.

  3. The Dhammapada:

    Like a beautiful flower, full of colour but without scent, are the fine but fruitless words of him who does not act accordingly.

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Naturally, water becomes coloured in whatever colour; it depends on an individual what colour it wants that; similarly, life is also as water.

  5. Idris Elba:

    I'm not here to talk about black people; I’m here to talk about diversity. Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour -- it’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and -- most important of all, as far as I’m concerned -– diversity of thought.

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