Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A picture, especially a painting, done in different shades of a single color.
  • n. The art or technique of executing such a picture.
  • n. The state of being in a single color.
  • n. A black-and-white image, as in photography or on television.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A black and white image, especially such a photograph.
  • n. A painting executed in shades of a single colour.
  • n. A ceramic glaze of a single colour; an object so glazed.
  • adj. having only one colour
  • adj. representing colours with shades of gray

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A painting or drawing in a single color; a picture made with a single color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of one color; painted in one color; monochromic.
  • n. Painting or a painting in one color, which may, however, be relieved by the use of lighter and darker shades. Compare camaïeu and grisaille.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. painting done in a range of tones of a single color
  • n. a black-and-white photograph or slide
  • adj. having or appearing to have only one color

Etymologies

Medieval Latin monochrōma, from feminine of Greek monokhrōmos, of one color : mono-, mono- + khrōma, color.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek μονόχρωμος (monokhrōmos), from μόνος ("one") + χρῶμα ("color"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I resent the term monochrome and consider it racist

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  • On the heels of her rainbow-bright appearance at Miu Miu's Paris show, Rihanna hit the streets looking decidedly more down to earth in monochrome leggings and a relaxed knit sweater.

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  • Camel twinned with shots of color or simple monochrome is this season's favorite fallback.

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  • Maybe it's just the technique of showing Kansas in monochrome and Oz in technicolor.

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  • The restaurant has been treated partly in monochrome to allow the tabletop illuminations to stand out and partly with further graphics (inspired by the colour choices of kaleidoscopes and origami for an Asian feel) to mirror the strong graphic sense created by the tabletops.

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  • Available in monochrome aluminum, or in white with vibrant anodized colors, the Symbol helps to keep your home photo ready - with or without the coats.

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  • While the displays are becoming more flexible and conserve power, they face other limitations such as working only in monochrome and failing to display video — areas critical to attracting advertisers and consumers to the technology.

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  • But generally, because of the oxidation problem and because indigo did not need a mordant as other colors did, blue is more common in monochrome printed textiles of the period than in multicolored designs. reference

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  • PROS: Excellent visuals (even if you do look at many of them in monochrome), and some great gadgets.

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  • Lower-Priced Alternative : Earlier Song-era porcelain, characterized by monochrome pieces in cloudy-sky colors whose glazes occasionally look crackled, appeals to some American buyers but so far hasn't been bought up by many Chinese collectors.

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