Word forms: colors, coloring, colored
Definitionsregional note: in BRIT, use colour
1. countable noun
The color of something is the appearance that it has as a result of the way in which it reflects light. Red, blue, and green are colors. ⇒ "What color is the car?"—"Red." ⇒ Judi's favourite color is pink.
2. countable noun Someone's color is the color of their skin. People often use color in this way to refer to a person's race. [politeness] ⇒ I don't care what color she is. 3. variable noun A color is a substance you use to give something a particular color. Dyes and makeup are sometimes referred to as colors. ⇒ It is better to avoid all food colors. ⇒ Her nail color was coordinated with her lipstick. 4. transitive verb
If you color something, you use something such as dyes or paint to change its color. ⇒ Many women begin coloring their hair in their mid-30s. ⇒ We'd been making cakes and coloring the posters.
coloring uncountable noun ⇒ They could not afford to spoil those maps by careless coloring.
5. intransitive verb If someone colors, their face becomes redder than it normally is, usually because they are embarrassed. ⇒ Andrew couldn't help noticing that she colored slightly. 6. transitive verb If something colors your opinion, it affects the way that you think about something. ⇒ All too often it is only the negative images of Ireland that are portrayed, coloring opinions and hiding the true nature of the country. 7. adjective A color television, photograph, or picture is one that shows things in all their colors, and not just in black, white, and gray. ⇒ In Japan 99 per cent of all households now have a color television set. 8. uncountable noun Color is a quality that makes something especially interesting or exciting. ⇒ She had resumed the travel necessary to add depth and color to her novels. 9. plural noun A country's national colors are the colors of its national flag. ⇒ The Opera House is decorated with the Hungarian national colors: green, red, and white. 10. plural noun People sometimes refer to the flag of a particular part of an army, navy, or air force, or the flag of a particular country as its colors. ⇒ Troops raised the country's colors in a special ceremony. 11. plural noun
A sports team's colors are the colors of the clothes they wear when they play. ⇒ I was wearing the team's colors.
12. → See also colored, coloring
If a movie or television program is in color, it has been made so that you see the picture in all its colors, and not just in black, white, or gray. ⇒ Was he going to show the movie? Was it in color? 14.
People of color are people who belong to a race with dark skins. [politeness] ⇒ Black communities spoke up to defend the rights of all people of color. ► color in phrasal verb
If you color in a drawing, you give it different colors using crayons or paints. ⇒ Someone had colored in all the black and white pictures.
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