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▶noun & verb US spelling of colour.

Concise Oxford English Dictionary © 2008 Oxford University Press:
colour /ˈkʌlə(r)/ (US color)


  • 1 the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations on the eye as a result of the way it reflects or emits light.■ one, or any mixture, of the constituents into which light can be separated in a spectrum or rainbow.■ the use of all colours, not only black and white, in photography or television.■ Heraldry any of the major conventional colours used in coats of arms (gules, vert, sable, azure, purpure).■ Snooker any of the balls other than the white cue ball and the reds.
  • 2 pigmentation of the skin, especially as an indication of someone’s race.
  • 3 redness of the complexion, as indicating health or an emotion such as anger.
  • 4 interest, excitement, and vitality: a town full of colour and character.
  • 5 (colours) an item of a particular colour worn to identify or distinguish, in particular the clothes worn by a jockey or the members of sports team.■ a badge or cap awarded to a pupil representing a school in sport.■ the flag of a regiment or ship.
  • 6 Physics a property of quarks which can take three values designated blue, green, and red.


  • 1 give a colour to.
  • 2 show embarrassment by becoming red; blush.
  • 3 influence, especially in a negative way; distort: the experiences had coloured her whole existence.
– phrases
show one’s true colours reveal one’s real character or intentions, especially when these are disreputable.
under colour of under the pretext of.
– origin ME: from OFr. colour (n.), colourer (v.), from L. color (n.), colorare (v.).

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