Meaning of COLOR in English


[col.or] n, often attrib [ME colour, fr. OF, fr. L color; akin to L celare to conceal--more at hell] (13c) 1 a: a phenomenon of light (as red, brown, pink, or gray) or visual perception that enables one to differentiate otherwise identical objects b: the aspect of objects and light sources that may be described in terms of hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources c: a hue as contrasted with black, white, or gray

2. a: an outward often deceptive show: appearance "his story has the ~ of truth" b: a legal claim to or appearance of a right, authority, or office c: a pretense offered as justification: pretext "she could have drawn from the Versailles treaty the ~ of legality for any action she chose --Yale Rev." d: an appearance of authenticity: plausibility "lending ~ to this notion"

3: complexion tint: a: the tint characteristic of good health b: blush

4. a: vividness or variety of effects of language b: local color

5. a: an identifying badge, pennant, or flag--usu. used in pl. "a ship sailing under Swedish ~s" b: colored clothing distinguishing one as a member of a particular group or representative of a particular person or thing--usu. used in pl. "a jockey wearing the ~s of the stable"

6. a pl: position as to a question or course of action: stand "the USSR changed neither its ~s nor its stripes during all of this --Norman Mailer" b: character, nature--usu. used in pl. "showed himself in his true ~s"

7. a: the use or combination of colors b: two or more hues employed in a medium of presentation "movies in ~" "~ television"

8. pl a: a naval or nautical salute to a flag being hoisted or lowered b: armed forces 9: vitality, interest "the play had a good deal of ~ to it" 10: something used to give color: pigment 11: tonal quality in music "the ~ and richness of the cello" 12: skin pigmentation esp. other than white characteristic of race "a person of ~" 13: a small particle of gold in a gold miner's pan after washing 14: analysis of game action or strategy, statistics and background information on participants, and often anecdotes provided by a sportscaster to give variety and interest to the broadcast of a game or contest 15: a hypothetical property of quarks that differentiates each type into three forms having a distinct role in binding quarks together -- col.or.ism n

[2]color vt (14c) 1 a: to give color to b: to change the color of (as by dyeing, staining, or painting)

2: to change as if by dyeing or painting: as a: misrepresent, distort b: gloss, excuse "~ a lie" c: influence "the lives of most of us have been ~ed by politics --Christine Weston"

3: characterize, label "call it progress; ~ it inevitable with shades of job security --C. E. Price" ~ vi: to take on color; specif: blush -- n

Merriam-Webster English vocab.      Английский словарь Merriam Webster.