Talking or writing about colours
one of the different types of a particular colour, 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 colour: a delicate pink tone
♦ eye shadow in tones of green and brown
used with colours to make adjectives describing things that looks a bit like that colour: reddish hair
used for describing colours that look more like black than like white: dark green trousers
♦ I think the colour on the walls is far too dark.
used for describing dark colours, especially when they look attractive: lovely deep blue eyes
used for describing dark colours that look beautiful and expensive: rich brown velvet
dark in a way that seems suitable for a serious occasion or use: The men were wearing sombre suits and black ties.
strong and noticeable: bright yellow paint
bright in a way that looks exciting: curtains in vibrant shades of red
brightly coloured, or having a lot of bright colours: wonderfully colourful saris
bright in a way that you think looks silly or ugly: He tends to wear silk shirts and loud ties.
very brightly coloured, especially in a way that you think shows bad taste: Look at those gaudy purple sunglasses!
very brightly coloured, especially in a way that you think does not look attractive: garish reds and bright yellows
like white with a small amount of a colour mixed in: pale grey feathers
pale rather than dark: Light colours 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 colour or something of such a colour: summer dresses in pastel shades
♦ She often wears pastels.
♦ pastel pink
used for describing something that is pale because it has been washed a lot or because it has been affected by light or the sun: faded blue jeans
♦ The paintwork was faded in places.