Definitions

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

  • n. 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. See Table at color.
  • n. A particular gradation of color; a shade or tint.
  • n. Color: all the hues of the rainbow.
  • n. Appearance; aspect: a man of somber hue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Color or shade of color; tint; dye.
  • n. A predominant shade in a composition of primary colors; a primary color modified by combination with others.
  • n. A shouting or vociferation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Form; appearance; guise.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.

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

  • v. take on color or become colored
  • v. suffuse with color
  • n. the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength

Etymologies

Middle English, color, form, from Old English hīw, hēo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French hu, a hunting cry (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Interesting notes on the obsolete word "hue"Click HERE
    See also hue and cry

    February 10, 2008

  • "Dear Enemy, may the lord hate you and all your kind, may you turn orange in hue, and may your head fall off at an awkward moment." -- The Black Adder

    February 20, 2007