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Spanish translation of “colour”


noun /ˈkalə/
a quality which objects have, and which can be seen, only when light falls on them What colour is her dress? Red, blue and yellow are colours. paint(s) That artist uses water-colours. (a) skin-colour varying with race people of all colours. vividness; interest There’s plenty of colour in his stories. coloured adjective having colour
de colores
She prefers white baths to coloured baths.
belonging to a dark-skinned race
de color
There are only two white families living in this street – the rest are coloured.
colourful adjective full of colour a colourful pattern. vivid and interesting
lleno de colorido
a colourful account of his experiences.
colouring noun something used to give colour She put pink colouring in the icing. complexion She had very high colouring (= a very pink complexion). colourless adjective without colour Water is colourless. not lively or interesting
soso, sin gracia
a colourless young woman.
colours noun plural the distinction of winning a place in the team in some sports
He won his cricket colours last season.
a flag Army regiments salute the colours when on parade. a tunic of certain colours worn by a jockey to show that his race-horse belongs to a certain person.
colour-blind adjective unable to tell the difference between certain colours As he was colour-blind he could not distinguish between red and green. colour scheme noun an arrangement or choice of colours in decorating a house etc.
combinación de colores
off-colour adjective not feeling well He was a bit off-colour the morning after the party. colour in to put colour into (drawings etc) He coloured in all the oblong shapes on the page. show oneself in one’s true colours to show or express one’s real character, opinion etc
mostrarse tal como se es
He pretends to be very generous but he showed himself in his true colours when he refused to give money to charity.
with flying colours with great success He passed his exam with flying colours.
(Definition of colour from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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