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English definition of “yellow”

yellow

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈjel.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/
A1 a colour like that of a lemon or gold or the sun: It was early autumn and the leaves were turning yellow. You should wear more yellow - it suits you.Common coloursLess common colours
yellowness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Common coloursLess common colours

yellow

adjective uk   /ˈjel.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

yellow adjective (COLOUR)

A1 of a colour like that of a lemon or gold or the sun: a bright yellow flower/T-shirt

yellow adjective (PEOPLE)

offensive belonging to a race that has pale yellowish-brown skinThe skin, and skin colour

yellow adjective (NOT BRAVE)

informal easily frightened and not brave
Synonym
Cowardly

yellow

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈjel.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/
to become yellow, or to make something become yellowCommon coloursLess common colours
(Definition of yellow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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