hue, chromaticity

(noun) the quality of a color as determined by its dominant wavelength

imbue, hue

(verb) suffuse with color


(verb) take on color or become colored; “In highlights it hued to a dull silver-grey”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


hue (countable and uncountable, plural hues)

A color, or shade of color; tint; dye.

The characteristic related to the light frequency that appears in the color, for instance red, yellow, green, cyan, blue or magenta.

(figuratively) A character; aspect.

(obsolete) Form; appearance; guise.

Etymology 2


hue (plural hues)

(obsolete) A shout or cry.



Proper noun


A port city in central Vietnam.

A Vietnamese province with that city as its capital.



Source: Wiktionary

Hue, n. Etym: [OE. hew, heow, color, shape, form, AS. hiw, heow; akin to Sw. hy skin, complexion, Goth. hiwi form, appearance.]

1. Color or shade of color; tint; dye. "Flowers of all hue." Milton. Hues of the rich unfolding morn. Keble.

2. (Painting)

Definition: A predominant shade in a composition of primary colors; a primary color modified by combination with others.

Hue, n. Etym: [OE. hue, huer, to hoot, shout, prob. fr. OF. hu an exclamation.]

Definition: A shouting or vociferation. Hue and cry (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. Burrill.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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