Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Although pale yellow is a highly determinate color predicate relative to ˜yellow™, it is far from being maximally determinate.

    Determinates vs. Determinables

  • The silk obtained the first day was of a deep yellow; to my great astonishment, the second reeling from the same spider gave silk of a brilliant silver-white color; while on the third occasion, as if by magic, the color had changed again, and I got only _yellow_ silk.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • The hypothesis of individual peculiarity, adopted the previous year to explain why some spiders gave yellow, and others white silk, was now untenable; and, remembering that, beside these two positive colors there was also (and indeed more commonly) a _light yellow_, as if a combination of the other two, I saw that the real solution of the mystery must lie in the spinners themselves.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • See gehðo. geolo, adj., _yellow_: acc.sg. geolwe linde (_the shield of yellow linden bark_), 2611. geolo-rand, st. m., _yellow shield_ (shield with a covering of interlaced yellow linden bark): acc.sg.,

    Beowulf

  • Thus, in the proposition, Gold is yellow, the quality _yellow_ is affirmed of the substance _gold_.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • They were of a bright yellow color and very viscid; but now I noticed that neither the color nor the viscidity pertained to the entire net, for although the concentric circles constituting the principal part of the web were _yellow_, and very _elastic_, and studded with little beads of _gum_, (Fig 3,) yet the diverging lines or _radii_ of the wheel-shaped structure, with all the guys and stays by which it was suspended and braced, were _dry_ and _inelastic_, and of a _white_ or lighter yellow color.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

  • By putting a spider under the influence of chloroform, and then carrying the first thread under a pin stuck in a cork to one part of a spindle, and the second or yellow line over another pin to a different part of the spindle, I reeled off from the same spider, at the same time, two distinct bands of silk, of which one was a deep golden-yellow, the other a bright silver-white; while, if both threads ran together, there was formed a band of _light yellow_ from the union of the two.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866

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  • The word yellow comes from the Old English word geolw, the German gelb and geld as in “gold”, and the Latin helvus, meaning “light bay.”

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  • I am half Asian and I see nothing wrong with the term yellow line.

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