Colorful dyes in powder form.
- Dye is defined as tint or coloring agent used to change the color of something.
- An example of dye is henna.
- An example of dye is what you'd use to turn a white shirt purple.
- The definition of dye is to turn something a different color.
An example of dye is using hair tint to change your hair color.
- color produced in a substance by saturating it with a coloring agent; tint; hue
- any substance used to give color to fabric, hair, etc.; coloring matter or a solution containing it
Origin of dyeMiddle English deie ; from Old English deag, akin to Old High German tougal, dark, secret ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhwek-, dark color, secret ; from base an unverified form dheu-: see dull
Origin of dyeME deien < OE deagian
of (the) deepest dye
- A substance used to color materials. Also called dyestuff.
- A color imparted by dyeing.
verbdyed dyed, dye·ing, dyes
Origin of dyeMiddle English deie, from Old English dēag, dēah.
(countable and uncountable, plural dyes)
(third-person singular simple present dyes, present participle dyeing, simple past and past participle dyed)
- to colour with dye
From Middle English deie, from Old English dēag (“color, hue, dye”), from Proto-Germanic *daugō (“colour, shade”), from *dauganą, *dug- (“to conceal, be dark”), from Proto-Indo-European *dheuk-, *dhouk- (“to be hidden”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhūw- (“to smoke, raise dust, camouflage”). Cognate with Old High German tougan (“dark, secretive”), tougal (“dark, hidden, covert”), Old English dēagol, dīegle (“dark, hidden, secret”), Old English dohs, dox (“dusky, dark”). See dusk.
- Alternative spelling of die.