What is the meaning of color?


  • A visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect.
    • usage: "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
  • Interest and variety and intensity.
    • usage: "the Puritan Period was lacking in color"; "the characters were delineated with exceptional vividness"
  • The timbre of a musical sound.
    • usage: "the recording fails to capture the true color of the original music"
  • A race with skin pigmentation different from the white race (especially Blacks.
  • An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading.
    • usage: "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"
  • Any material used for its color.
    • usage: "she used a different color for the trim"
  • Physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction. (
    • usage: "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
  • The appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness. and saturation)


  • Add color to.
    • usage: "The child colored the drawings"; "Fall colored the trees"; "colorize black and white film"
  • Affect as in thought or feeling.
    • usage: "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
  • Modify or bias.
    • usage: "His political ideas color his lectures"
  • Decorate with colors.
    • usage: "color the walls with paint in warm tones"
  • Give a deceptive explanation or excuse for.
    • usage: "color a lie"
  • Change color, often in an undesired manner.
    • usage: "The shirts discolored"


  • Having or capable of producing colors.
    • usage: "color film"; "he rented a color television"; "marvelous color illustrations"
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APAWordNet. (2010). color. Retrieved September 19, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/color/definitions/1171001
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "color" http://smartdefine.org/color/definitions/1171001 (accessed September 19, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, color, Smart Define, viewed 19 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/color/definitions/1171001>.
MLAWordNet. "color" 23 October 2010. Web. 19 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/color/definitions/1171001>
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