Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

colour

 - definition
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun British English pronunciation: colour /ˈkʌlə(r)/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularcolour
pluralcolours
 
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] red, blue, yellow etc

    Pink is my favourite colour.

    a light brown colour

    change colour:

    Many fruits change colour as they become ripe.

    in colour:

    His hair is reddish in colour.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the quality of being red, blue, yellow etc, instead of being black and white or transparent

      Pot plants add colour to a room.

      in colour:

      Are the pictures in colour or black and white?

    2. b.
      [countable] something such as clothing or paint that is a particular colour

      I prefer wearing dark colours.

      Mix the colours with your paintbrush.

    3. c.
      [countable/uncountable] the colour of someone's skin as a sign of their race

      people of all creeds and colours

    4. d.
      [uncountable] the colour of someone's face when it shows how they are feeling

      Suddenly, the colour drained from his cheeks.

      She giggled nervously as colour flooded her face.

    5. e.
      [countable/uncountable] a chemical that you put on your hair to make it change colour

      Before you spend money on a perm or colour, talk to your hairdresser.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] interest or excitement
    add/give/bring colour to something:

    The examples chosen add colour to the writing.

    See also  local colour
  3. 3

    colours

    [plural] the combination of colours used for representing a particular country, team, political party etc

    He was wearing the colours of his favourite football team.

    national colours:

    Australia's national colours

phrase

 

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog