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colour definition

Overview

This page has 8 definitions of colour in English and Middle English. Colour is a noun, an adjective and verb. Also define these 11 related words and terms: color, colour, hue, shade, pigment, dye, literary, rhetorical, method, justification, and explanation.

See also: color

English colour definition

Alternative forms

  • color (American spelling)

Pronunciation

Homophone: culler

Noun

colour (countable and uncountable, plural colours) (British spelling, Canadian spelling)

  1. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Britain standard spelling of color.
    • Color definition
      The spectral composition of visible light. (1 of 23 color definitions)

Adjective

colour (not comparable)

  1. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Britain standard spelling of color.

Related terms

Verb

colour (third-person singular simple present colours, present participle colouring, simple past and past participle coloured)

  1. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Britain standard spelling of color.

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Middle English colour definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Anglo-Norman colur, from Latin color.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kuˈluːr/, /ˈkulur/

Noun

colour (plural colours or coloures)

  1. colour, hue, shade
  2. pigment, dye (instrument for colouring)
  3. (literary or rhetorical) method
    • Rhetorical definition
      Part of or similar to rhetoric, the use of language as a means to persuade. (1 of 2 rhetorical definitions)
  4. justification, explanation (often feigned)

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See also

Colors in Middle English · coloures, hewes (layout · text)
     whit      grey, hor      blak
             red; cremesyn, gernet              citrine, aumbre; broun, tawne              yelow, dorry; canevas
             grasgrene              grene             
             plunket; ewage              asure, livid              blewe, blo, pers
             violet; inde              rose, murrey; purpel, purpur              claret

Old French colour definition

Noun

colour f (oblique plural colours, nominative singular colour, nominative plural colours)

  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of color