- The definition of yellow is of the color between orange and green on the spectrum which is a buttery, golden shade.
An example of something yellow is a lemon.
- Yellow is a lemony color between orange and green on the spectrum.
An example of yellow is the color of the sun.
This lemon is yellow.
- of the color of gold, butter, or ripe lemons
- changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old paper
- having a yellowish pigmentation of the skin
- ☆ Informal cowardly; craven
Origin of yellowsee yellow journalism cheaply sensational: said of certain newspapers
Origin of yellowMiddle English yelwe ; from Old English geolu, akin to German gelb ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝhel-, to gleam, yellow, green, blue from source Classical Greek cholos, gall, Classical Latin helvus, tawny
- a yellow color; color lying between orange and green in the color spectrum
- a pigment or dye that is yellow or capable of producing yellow
- the yolk of an egg
- any of several fungous or viral diseases of plants, causing yellowing of the leaves, stunting of growth, etc.
- jaundice, esp. in farm animals
- a. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between orange and green, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 570 to 590 nanometers; any of a group of colors of a hue resembling that of ripe lemons and varying in lightness and saturation; one of the subtractive primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.b. A pigment or dye having this hue.c. Something that has this hue.
- Chiefly Southern US The yolk of an egg.
- Western US Gold. Used formerly by prospectors.
- yellows Any of various plant diseases characterized by yellow or yellowish discoloration of the leaves and caused by phytoplasmas that are transmitted by insects or by certain viruses.
- Of the color yellow.
- a. Having a yellow-brown skin color.b. Offensive Of or being a person of Asian origin.
- Slang Cowardly.
tr. & intr.v.yel·lowed, yel·low·ing, yel·lows
Origin of yellowMiddle English yelow, from Old English geolu; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative yellower, superlative yellowest)
- Having yellow as its colour.
- (informal) Lacking courage.
- (publishing, journalism) Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.
- (chiefly derogatory and offensive) Asian (relating to Asian people).
- (UK, politics) Related to the Liberal Democrats.
- 2012 March 2, Andrew Grice, "Yellow rebels take on Clegg over NHS 'betrayal'", The Independent
- yellow constituencies
- (Germany, politics) Related to the Free Democratic Party.
- The black-yellow coalition
- (having yellow as its colour): nonyellow, unyellow
- The colour of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light.
- (US) 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.
- (snooker) One of the colour balls used in snooker, with a value of 2 points.
- (pocket billiards) 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).
- (sports) yellow card
(third-person singular simple present yellows, present participle yellowing, simple past and past participle yellowed)
- (intransitive) To become yellow or more yellow.
- To make (something) yellow or more yellow.
From Middle English yelwe, yelou, from Old English ġeolu, ġeolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃-u̯os (compare Welsh gelw (“pale”), Latin helvus (“dull yellow”)), from *ǵʰelh₃ (“gleam, yellow”) (compare Irish geal (“white, bright”), Lithuanian žalias (“green”), Ancient Greek χλωρός (chlōrós, “light green”), Persian زر (zar, “yellow”), Sanskrit हरि (hari, “greenish-yellow”)).