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



    BrE BrE//hjuː//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hjuː//
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  1. 1(literary or specialist) a colour; a particular shade of a colour His face took on an unhealthy whitish hue. Her paintings capture the subtle hues of the countryside in autumn. Synonymscolourshade hue tint tingeThese words all describe the appearance of things, resulting from the way in which they reflect light.colour/​color the appearance that things have, resulting from the way in which they reflect light. Red, green and blue are colours: What’s your favourite colour?bright/​dark/​light coloursshade a particular form of a colour, especially when describing how light or dark it is. Sky blue is a shade of blue.hue (literary or technical) a colour or a particular shade of a colour: His face took on an unhealthy, whitish hue.tint a shade or small amount of a particular colour; a faint colour covering a surface: leaves with red and gold autumn tintstinge a small amount of a colour: There was a pink tinge to the sky.tint or tinge? You can say : a reddish tint/​tinge or: a tinge of red but not: a tint of red. Tint is often used in the plural, but tinge is almost always singular.Patterns a warm/​rich colour/​shade/​hue/​tint a bright/​vivid/​vibrant/​dark/​deep colour/​shade/​hue a pale/​pastel/​soft/​subtle/​delicate colour/​shade/​hue a light/​strong/​neutral/​natural colour/​shade
  2. 2(formal) a type of belief or opinion supporters of every political hue
  3. Word OriginOld English hīw, hēow (also ‘form, appearance’, obsolete except in Scots), of Germanic origin; related to Swedish hy ‘skin, complexion’. The sense ‘colour, shade’ dates from the mid 19th cent.Idioms strong public protest about something Further cuts in welfare have raised a hue and cry among the American public.
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