Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “color”

See all translations

color

noun ( Cdn Br colour)  /ˈkʌl·ər/ us  

color noun (APPEARANCE)

[C/U] the appearance that something has as a result of reflecting light: [C] The dress comes in blue, green, red, and other colors. [U] Some of the pictures in the book are in color, and some are in black and white. art [C/U] A color is also a substance, such as a paint or dye , which you add to something to make it have the appearance of a particular color.

color noun (SKIN)

[U] the natural color of a person’s skin, esp. when considered in terms of racepeople of color Many people with dark skin describe themselves as people of color: We need to protect the rights of people of color. [U] Color can mean a healthy appearance of the skin: She’d been ill for a while, but when I saw her last Friday, she had good color.

color

verb [I/T] ( Cdn Br colour)  /ˈkʌl·ər/ us  

color verb [I/T] (CHANGE APPEARANCE)

to change the color of something by using paint or a dye : [I always + adv/prep] He gives the boy books to read, and he buys him paints to color with. fig. If something or someone colors your thoughts or opinions, it influences them, often in a negative way: [T] The report is colored by the fiscal crises of the last four years.

color

adjective [not gradable] ( Cdn Br colour)  /ˈkʌl·ər/ us  

color adjective [not gradable] (OF APPEARANCE)

showing things in all their colors, not just black and white: color photos a color TV
Translations of “color”
in Chinese (Traditional) 顏色…
in Russian см. colour…
in Turkish renk…
in Chinese (Simplified) 颜色…
in Polish -…
(Definition of color from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of color?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “color” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More