from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The property of colors by which they can be perceived as ranging from red through yellow, green, and blue, as determined by the dominant wavelength of the light.
  • noun A particular gradation of color; a shade or tint.
  • noun Color.
  • noun Appearance; aspect.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A cry; a shout; loud shouting of many voices, as in pursuit of game or of a fugitive: now used only in the phrase hue and cry.
  • noun In English practice, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring officers and all other people to assist in retaking him. A general outcry or alarm; a great stir or clamor made about any matter.
  • noun Form; appearance; guise.
  • noun Color; specifically and technically, distinctive quality of color in an object or on a surface; the respect in which red, yellow, green, blue, etc., differ one from another; that in which colors of equal luminosity and chroma may differ.
  • noun In painting, a compound color in which one of the primaries predominates, as the various grays, which are composed of the three primary colors in unequal proportion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Color or shade of color; tint; dye.
  • noun (Painting) A predominant shade in a composition of primary colors; a primary color modified by combination with others.
  • noun A shouting or vociferation.
  • noun (Law) a loud outcry with which felons were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were obliged to take up, joining in the pursuit till the malefactor was taken; in later usage, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all persons to aid in retaking him.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun obsolete A shout or cry.
  • noun obsolete Form; appearance; guise.
  • noun A color, or shade of color, blee; tint; dye.
  • noun The characteristic related to the light frequency that appears in the color, for instance red, yellow, green, cyan, blue or magenta.
  • noun figuratively A character; aspect, blee.

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

  • verb take on color or become colored
  • verb suffuse with color
  • noun the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength


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

[Middle English, color, form, from Old English hīw, hēo.]

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From Old French hu, a hunting cry

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From Middle English hewe, from Old English hīew, hīw ("appearance, form, species, kind; apparition; hue, color; beauty; figure of speech"), from Proto-Germanic *hiwjan (“hue, form, shape, appearance; mildew”), from Proto-Indo-European *kew-, *ḱew- (“skin, colour of the skin”) or Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- (“grey, dark shade”). Cognate with Swedish hy ("complexion, skin"), Norwegian hy ("fluff, mold, skin"), Icelandic hégóma ("vanity"), Gothic  (hiwi, "form, show, appearance"). Compare also Sanskrit  (chavī, "cuticle, skin, hide; beauty, splendour"); Irish céo ("fog"), Tocharian B ... (kwele, "black, dark grey"), Lithuanian šývas ("light grey"), Albanian thinjë ("grey"), Sanskrit ... (śyāvá, "brown").


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