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Meaning of “colour” in the English Dictionary

"colour" in British English

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colournoun

UK (US color) uk   /ˈkʌl.ər/  us   //
  • colour noun (APPEARANCE)

A1 [C or U] red, ​blue, ​green, ​yellow, etc.: What's ​yourfavourite colour? She ​wears a lot of ​bright colours. What colour are ​youreyes? Does the ​shirt come in any other colour? I like ​richjewel colours, such as ​purple, ​blue, and ​green. Are the ​photos in colour or ​black and ​white? [U] the ​pleasanteffect of a ​bright colour or of a lot of colours together: I ​think we need a ​bit of colour in this ​room. Red and ​yellowpeppers give a little colour to the ​sauce.literary The ​wholegarden was ablaze with/a ​riot of colour (= ​full of different ​bright colours). [C] a ​substance, such as a ​paint or ​dye, that you ​add to something to give it a ​particular colour: I put my new ​greenshirt in a ​hotwash and the colour ran (= the colour came out of the ​material). [U] a ​pink colour in someone's ​face, often ​showing good ​health or ​showingfeelings such as ​embarrassment or ​excitement: That ​walk has put some colour in ​yourcheeks. I ​watched the colour drain from her ​face as she ​heard the ​news. She has a high colour (= the ​natural colour of her ​face is ​red).

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  • colour noun (RACE)

C2 [C or U] the ​natural colour of a person's ​skin which ​shows which ​race they ​belong to: She ​felt she had not been given the ​job because of her colour. There should be no ​discrimination on the ​grounds of colour.people of colour used by ​people with ​darkskin to ​describe themselves: We need to ​protect the ​rights of ​people of colour.
  • colour noun (SYMBOL)

colours [plural] (at ​school, ​college, or ​university) an ​honour given to ​people who have been ​chosen for a ​sportsteam, often ​represented by a ​specialsymbol on a ​shirt or ​tie: She was ​awarded her colours forhockey/her ​hockey colours at the end of ​term. the ​officialflag of a ​country, ​ship, or ​militarygroup: regimental colours

colouradjective

UK (US color) uk   /ˈkʌl.ər/  us   //

colourverb

UK (US color) uk   /ˈkʌl.ər/  us   //
  • colour verb (BECOME A COLOUR)

A1 [I or T] to ​become a ​particular colour, or to make something a ​particular colour: Do you ​think he colours his ​hair? He ​drew a ​heart and coloured it ​red. Fry the ​onions till they ​start to colour. [I] to ​becomered in the ​face because you are ​embarrassed
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(Definition of colour from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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