Talking or writing about colors
one of the different types of a particular color, especially when describing how dark or light it is: a deep shade of red
♦ subtle shades of blue and green
one of the different types of a particular color: a delicate pink tone
♦ eye shadow in tones of green and brown
used with colors to make adjectives describing things that look a little like that color: reddish hair
used for describing colors that look more like black than like white: dark green pants
♦ I think the color on the walls is much too dark.
used for describing dark colors, especially when they look attractive: beautiful deep blue eyes
used for describing dark colors that look beautiful and expensive: rich brown velvet
dark in a way that seems appropriate for a serious occasion or use: The men were wearing somber suits and black ties.
strong and noticeable: bright yellow paint
bright in a way that looks exciting: curtains in vibrant shades of red
brightly colored, or having a lot of bright colors: wonderfully colorful saris
bright in a way that you think looks silly or ugly: He tends to wear silk shirts and loud ties.
very brightly colored, especially in a way that you think shows bad taste: Look at those gaudy purple sunglasses!
very brightly colored, especially in a way that you think does not look attractive: garish reds and bright yellows
like white with a small amount of a color mixed in: pale gray feathers
pale instead of dark: Light colors work best in north-facing rooms.
♦ a light blue shirt
pale in a soft and attractive way: used also as a noun referring to a pastel color or something of such a color: summer dresses in pastel shades
♦ She often wears pastels.
♦ pastel pink