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

  • n. The aspect of color in the Munsell color system by which a sample appears to differ from a gray of the same lightness or brightness and that corresponds to saturation of the perceived color.

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  • n. Color.
  • n. The aspect of a colour's hue that depends on the amount of white or black in it; saturation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: In Greek music, a modification of the usual diatonic scale.
  • n. The sign by which a note is raised or lowered a semitone; a sharp, ♯, or a flat, ♭.
  • n. An eighth-note or quaver, ♪. See croma.
  • n. A semitone or half-step, whether large or small. See semitone.
  • n. In rhetoric, a figure of speech which consists in speaking so as not to offend the hearer.
  • n. The degree of departure of a color-sensation from that of white or gray; the intensity of distinctive hue; color-intensity.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] In entomology, a genus of lepidopterous insects.
  • n. A double sharp, ×, or double flat, d♭.

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  • n. chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue


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

Greek khrōma, color.

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From Ancient Greek χρῶμα (chroma, "color")


  • The term chromatic derives from the Greek word chroma, meaning color.

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  • The name chromium was derived from the Greek word chroma which means color, in reference to the fact that chromium is known to cause a number of colors in a variety of materials.


  • You've defined the word chroma as both the "absence of white" and "the intensity of distinctive hues".

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  • Maybe worth mentioning that Casey uses intensity when other people might say "chroma" - the strength of a colour

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  • To put it another way, perceived "purity" of a colour is not determined by its saturation but by its chroma, which is saturation times lightness.

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  • Yet one writer says, “This yellow shades into green,” which is certainly a change of hue, and then speaks of “a brighter shade” in spite of his evident intention to suggest a stronger chroma, which is neither a shade nor brighter luminosity.

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  • The great thing is you can really start to understand how the values shift in relation to chroma which is a very subtle and sometimes difficult thing to get in painting.

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