Definition of colouring noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (especially US English coloring) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈkʌlərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkʌlərɪŋ//
    Hair colour
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] a substance that is used to give a particular colour to food red food colouring Contains no artificial colouring or flavouring.
  2. 2[uncountable] the colour of a person’s skin, eyes and hair Blue suited her fair colouring. This face powder will enhance your natural colouring. See related entries: Hair colour
  3. 3[uncountable] the colours that exist in something, especially a plant or an animal insects with vivid yellow and black colouring She realized the coins were fake when the gold colouring began to rub off.
  4. Extra examples He daughter has very fair colouring. He had inherited his father’s almost-silver hair and fair colouring. The guitar’s overall colouring has obviously darkened with the passing of over three decades. The meat is pre-salted, which explains its vivid pink colouring and its salty flavour. Their colouring was identical: white skin, black hair and very dark eyes. monarch butterflies, with their spectacular black, brown and orange colouring
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