- colour1 W1S1 BrE color AmE [ˈkʌlə US -ər] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(red/blue/green etc)¦2¦(colour in general)¦3¦(somebody's race)¦4 people/women/students etc of color5¦(substance)¦6 in (full) colour7¦(somebody's face)¦8¦(something interesting)¦9 lend/give colour to something10 off colour11 colours12 see the colour of somebody's money▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1.) ¦(RED/BLUE/GREEN ETC)¦red, blue, yellow, green, brown, purple etc▪ What colour dress did you buy?▪ What colour are his eyes?▪ The pens come in a wide range of colours.light/bright/pastel etc colour▪ I love wearing bright colours.reddish-brown/yellowy-green/deep blue etc colour▪ The walls were a lovely reddish-brown color.2.) ¦(COLOUR IN GENERAL)¦[U]also coloursthe appearance of something as a result of the way it ↑reflects (=throws back) light, especially when its appearance is very bright or is made up of a lot of different colours▪ Bright bold accessories are the quickest way to add colour to a room.in colour▪ The wine was almost pink in colour (=was almost pink) .blaze/riot/mass of colour(=lots of different bright colours)▪ In summer the gardens are a blaze of colour.▪ a splash of colour (=a small area of a bright colour)▪ The sky began to slowly change colour .▪ the fall colors (=the colours of the trees in autumn)3.) ¦(SOMEBODY'S RACE)¦ [U and C]how dark or light someone's skin is, which shows which race they belong to▪ Everyone has a right to a job, regardless of their race, sex, or colour.▪ people of all colors▪ the continuing battle against colour prejudice→↑coloured24.) people/women/students etc of colorespecially AmE people, women etc who are not white▪ I'm the only person of color in my class.5.) ¦(SUBSTANCE)¦ [U and C]a substance such as paint or ↑dye that makes something red, blue, yellow etc▪ Wash the garment separately, as the colour may run (=come out when washed) .▪ jams that contain no artificial colours or preservativeslip/nail/eye colour▪ our new range of eyeshadows and lip colours6.) in (full) coloura television programme, film, or photograph that is in colour contains colours such as red, green, and blue rather than just black and white≠ ↑in black and white▪ All the recipes in the book are illustrated in full colour .7.) ¦(SOMEBODY'S FACE)¦[U]if you have some colour in your face, your face is pink or red, usually because you are healthy or embarrassed▪ You look a lot better today. At least you've got a bit of colour now.▪ One of the girls giggled nervously as colour flooded her cheeks (=her cheeks suddenly went very pink or red) .▪ He stared at her, the colour draining from his face .8.) ¦(SOMETHING INTERESTING)¦[U]interesting and exciting details or qualities that someone or something has▪ The old market is lively, full of colour and activity.▪ a travel writer in search of local colouradd/give colour to sth(=make something more interesting)▪ Intelligent use of metaphors can add colour and style to your writing.9.) lend/give colour to sthto make something, especially something unusual, appear likely or true▪ We now have independent evidence that lends colour to the accusation of fraud.10.) off coloura) [not before noun] BrEsomeone who is off colour is feeling slightly illb) [usually before noun] especially AmE off-colour jokes, stories etc are rude and often about sex11.) colours [plural]a) the colours that are used to represent a team, school, club, country etcclub/team/school colours▪ a peaked cap in the team colours▪ Australia's national colours are gold and green.b) BrE a flag, shirt etc that shows that someone or something belongs to or supports a particular team, school, club, or country12.) see the colour of sb's moneyspoken to have definite proof that someone has enough money to pay for something▪ 'A whiskey, please.' 'Let's see the color of your money first.'→with flying colours at ↑flying1 (2), nail your colours to the mast at ↑nail2 (5), your true colours at ↑true1 (13)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD FOCUS: coloura particular kind of colour: shade, hint, huewords for describing dark colours: dark, deep, richwords for describing light colours: light, pale, soft, pastelwords for describing bright colours: bright, brilliant, vivid, garish (disapproving), gaudy (disapproving)having a lot of colours: colourful, multicoloured (BrE) multicolored (AmE)▬▬▬▬▬▬▬colour 2colour2 v BrE color AmE1.) [T]to change the colour of something, especially by using ↑dye▪ If I didn't colour my hair I'd be totally grey.▪ Colour the icing with a little green food colouring.colour sth red/blue etc▪ Sunset came and coloured the sky a brilliant red.2.) [I and T] also colour into use coloured pencils to put colours inside the lines of a picture▪ On the back page is a picture for your child to colour in.▪ She has no idea how to colour a picture - she just scribbles all over it.3.) [i]literarywhen someone colours, their face becomes redder because they are embarrassed= ↑blush▪ Her eyes suddenly met his and she coloured slightly.4.) colour sb's judgement/opinions/attitudes etcto influence the way someone thinks about something, especially so that they become less fair or reasonable▪ In my position, I can't afford to let my judgement be coloured by personal feelings.colour 3colour3 adj BrE color AmEcolour television/photograph/printer etca colour television, photograph etc that produces or shows pictures in colour rather than in black, white, and grey▪ a large color TV▪ Please ask for our free colour brochure.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.