Colour definition

kulər
The definition of colour is the British word for color.

An example of a colour is blue.

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(uncountable) The spectral composition of visible light.

Humans and birds can perceive colour.

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Colour is defined as the British spelling for color.

An example of colour is to fill in a drawing with crayons.

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(countable) 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.

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

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

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

Colour has been a sensitive issue in many societies.

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(figuratively) Interest, especially in a selective area.

A bit of local colour.

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(heraldry) Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.
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(in the plural) A standard or banner.

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

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The system of colour television.

This film is broadcast in colour.

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(in the plural) An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.

He was awarded colours for his football.

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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 colour with regards to which products made up the mix of revenue for this quarter?

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(physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.
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(typography) The relative lightness or darkness of a mass of written or printed text on a page.
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(snooker) Any of the coloured balls excluding the reds.
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A front or façade: an ostensible truth actually false.
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An appearance of right or authority.

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

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Conveying colour, as opposed to shades of grey.

Colour television and films were considered a great improvement over black and white.

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To give something colour.

We could colour the walls red.

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

My kindergartener loves to colour.

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(of a face) To become red through increased blood flow.

Her face coloured as she realised her mistake.

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To affect without completely changing.

That interpretation certainly colours my perception of the book.

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(informal) To attribute a quality to.

Colour me confused.

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(medicine) Skin colour noted as: normal, jaundice, cyanotic, flush, mottled, pale, or ashen as part of the skin signs assessment.
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(mathematics) To assign colours to the vertices of (a graph) or the regions of (a map) so that no two adjacent ones have the same colour.

Can this graph be two-coloured?

You can colour any map with four colours.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
colour
Plural:
colours

Origin of colour

  • Middle English colo(u)r, from Anglo-Norman colur, from Old French colour, color, from Latin color, from Old Latin colos "covering", from Proto-Indo-European *kel- (“to cover, conceal”). Akin to Latin cēlō (“I hide, conceal”). Displaced Middle English blee (“colour”), from Old English blēo. More at blee.

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  • In the US, the spelling color is used to match the spelling of the word's Latin etymon, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the spelling colour has been retained.

    From Wiktionary