shade Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “shade” in the English Dictionary

"shade" in British English

See all translations

shadenoun

uk   us   /ʃeɪd/

shade noun (SLIGHT DARKNESS)

B1 [U] slightdarknesscaused by something ​blocking the ​directlight from the ​sun: The ​sun was ​hot, and there were no ​trees to ​offer us shade. The ​childrenplayed in/under the shade of a ​largebeachumbrella.
See also
C2 [C] a ​covering that is put over an ​electriclight in ​order to make it less ​bright: The ​lamps all had ​matchingpurple shades. [U] specialized (also shading) art the ​parts of a ​picture or ​painting that the ​artist has made ​slightlydarker than the other ​parts: A good ​artist can ​produce a very ​realisticeffect using only light and shade.shades [plural] informal →  sunglasses : She was ​wearing a ​blackleatherjacket and shades. [C] US (UK blind) a ​piece of ​materialfixed onto a ​wooden or ​metalroller that can be ​pulled down to ​cover a ​window
More examples

shade noun (DEGREE)

B2 [C] a ​type or ​degree of a ​colour: Their ​kitchen is ​painted an ​unusual shade ofyellow/an ​unusualyellow shade. This ​haircolouring comes in several shades. The ​room has been ​decorated in pastel shades (= ​soft and ​lightcolours)throughout. [C] something that is ​slightly different from other, ​similar things: They are ​hoping to ​satisfy all shades ofpublic opinion. There are several shades of ​meaning in that ​sentence.a shade C1 slightly: Don't you ​think those ​trousers are a shade too ​tight? The ​journey took us a shade over/under three ​hours. Our new ​carcost us a shade more/less than we were ​expecting it to.shades of sth/sb informal said to ​mean that something or someone makes you ​remember something or someone ​similar: In his ​speech he said - shades of Martin Luther King Jr. - that he had a ​dream.

shadeverb

uk   us   /ʃeɪd/

shade verb (STOP LIGHT)

[T] to ​preventdirectlight from ​shining on something: I shaded my eyes from the ​glare of the ​sun. The ​broadavenues are shaded by ​splendidtrees.

shade verb (CHANGE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​graduallychange or ​become: At ​sunset, the ​sky shaded frompink intodarkred. Their ​views shade into the ​policies of the ​extremeleft of the ​party.
shaded
adjective uk   us   /ˈʃeɪ.dɪd/
Nothing will ​grow in the shaded ​part of the ​garden. The shaded ​areas of the ​plans show where the ​houses will be ​built.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of shade from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shade" in American English

See all translations

shadenoun

 us   /ʃeɪd/

shade noun (DARKNESS)

[C/U] darkness and ​coolertemperatures caused by something ​blocking the ​directlight from the ​sun: [U] The ​truck was ​parked in the shade. [C/U] A shade is a ​covering that is put over a ​light to make it less ​bright: [C] The ​lamps had ​matching shades. [C/U] A shade is also a ​cover, usually ​attached at the ​top of a ​window, that can be ​pulled over a ​window to ​block the ​light or to ​keeppeople from ​looking in.

shade noun (DEGREE)

art [C] a ​degree of ​darkness of a ​color: He painted the ​room a ​beautiful shade of ​red. [C] A shade can also ​mean one ​type among several: Simple yes-or-no ​questions can’t ​reveal all shades of ​opinion.
Idioms

shadeverb

 us   /ʃeɪd/

shade verb (DARKEN)

[T] to make ​part of something ​slightlydarker: Students shade the ovals on ​multiple-choicetests.

shade verb (CHANGE BY DEGREES)

[I/T] to ​graduallychange something, or to ​graduallychange from one thing to another: [I] The ​sky shaded from ​pink into ​red.

shade verb (BLOCK LIGHT)

[T] to ​preventdirectlight from ​shining on something: She shaded her ​eyes with her ​hand. The ​backyard is shaded by ​talloaks.
(Definition of shade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shade?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

golden

made of gold

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More