from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The hue of that portion of the visible spectrum lying between orange and green, evoked in the human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 570 to 590 nanometers; any of a group of colors of a hue resembling that of ripe lemons and varying in lightness and saturation; one of the subtractive primaries; one of the psychological primary hues.
- n. A pigment or dye having this hue.
- n. Something that has this hue.
- n. Chiefly Southern U.S. The yolk of an egg.
- n. Western U.S. Gold. Used formerly by prospectors.
- n. Any of various plant diseases usually caused by fungi of the genus Fusarium or viruses of the genus Chlorogenus and characterized by yellow or yellowish discoloration.
- adj. Of the color yellow.
- adj. Having a yellow-brown skin color.
- adj. Offensive Of or being a person of Asian origin.
- adj. Slang Cowardly.
- transitive v. To make or become yellow: documents that had been yellowed by age; clouds that yellow in the evening light.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having yellow as its colour.
- adj. Lacking courage.
- adj. Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.
- adj. Asian (relating to Asian people).
- adj. Related to the Liberal Democrats.
- adj. Related to the Free Democratic Party.
- n. The colour of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light.
- n. The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so.
- n. One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 2 points.
- n. yellow card
- v. To become yellow or more yellow.
- v. To cause to become yellow or more yellow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being of a bright saffronlike color; of the color of gold or brass; having the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is between the orange and the green.
- adj. Cowardly; hence, dishonorable; mean; contemptible.
- adj. Sensational; -- said of some newspapers, their makers, etc.
- n. A bright golden color, reflecting more light than any other except white; the color of that part of the spectrum which is between the orange and green.
- n. A yellow pigment.
- transitive v. To make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to dye yellow.
- intransitive v. To become yellow or yellower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- As originally applied to journalism, indecently sensational; in general, sensational; morbid; decadent. See yellow journal.
- n. An acid coal-tar color of the monoazo type prepared by combining diazotized meta-sulphanilic acid with diphenyl amine. It dyes wool orange-yellow in an acid bath.
- n. Same as yellow, 1 .
- n. Same as diphenylamine-orange (which see, under orange).
- Of a color resembling that of gold, butter, etc. See II.
- See balsam.
- A mulatto or a dark quadroon: used (as also yellow girl) both by whites and by negroes.
- The yellow star-thistle, Centaurea solstitialis.
- Seeflag and Iris.
- See yellow-gum.
- See Micropterus.
- In entomology, Peck's skipper, Polites peckius, a small hesperian butterfly of America, of a brownish color with a large yellow blotch on each hind wing.
- n. The color of gold, butter, the neutral chromates of lead, potassa, etc., and of light of wave-length about 0.581 micron.
- n. The yolk of an egg; the vitellus: opposed to the white, or the surrounding albumen.
- n. plural Jaundice, especially jaundice in cattle (see jaundice); hence, figuratively, jealousy.
- n. plural Dyer's-weed.
- n. Same as peach-yellows.
- n. One of certain geometrid moths: an English collectors' name: as, the speckled yellow.
- n. Any one of the group of small yellow butterflies; a sulphur. See sulphur, n., 3.
- To render yellow.
- To become yellow; grow yellow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. typical of tabloids
- adj. affected by jaundice which causes yellowing of skin etc
- adj. of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something resembling the color of an egg yolk
- adj. changed to a yellowish color by age
- adj. cowardly or treacherous
- v. turn yellow
- adj. easily frightened
- n. yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons
Middle English yelow, from Old English geolu.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English yelwe, yelou, from Old English ġeolu, ġeolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃-u̯os (compare Welsh gelw ("pale"), Latin helvus ("dull yellow")), from *ǵʰelh₃ (“gleam, yellow”) (compare Irish geal ("white, bright"), Lithuanian žalias ("green"), Ancient Greek χλωρός (chlōrós, "light green"), Persian زر (zar, "yellow"), Sanskrit हरि (hari, "greenish-yellow")). (Wiktionary)