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



    BrE BrE//ʃeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃeɪd//
    jump to other results
    out of sun
  1. 1  [uncountable] shade (of something) an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun’s light does not get to it We sat down in the shade of the wall. The temperature can reach 40°C in the shade. The trees provide shade for the animals in the summer. These plants grow well in sun or shade. see also shady Which Word?shade / shadow Shade [U] is an area or a part of a place that is protected from the heat of the sun and so is darker and cooler:Let’s sit in the shade for a while. A shadow [C] is the dark shape made when a light shines on a person or an object:As the sun went down we cast long shadows on the lawn. Shadow [U] is an area of darkness in which it is difficult to distinguish things easily:Her face was in deep shadow.
  2. on lamp, etc.
  3. 2  [countable] a thing that you use to prevent light from coming through or to make it less bright I bought a new shade for the lamp. an eyeshade see also lampshade, sunshade
  4. on window
  5. 3[countable] (also window shade) (both North American English) = blind
  6. of colour
  7. 4  [countable] shade (of something) a particular form of a colour, that is, how dark or light it is a delicate/pale/rich/soft shade of blue Cool pastel shades are just right for summer. 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
  8. in picture
  9. 5[uncountable] the dark areas in a picture, especially the use of these to produce variety The painting needs more light and shade.
  10. of opinion/feeling
  11. 6[countable, usually plural] shade of something a different kind or level of opinion, feeling, etc. politicians of all shades of opinion The word has many shades of meaning.
  12. slightly
  13. 7a shade [singular] a little; slightly synonym touch He was feeling a shade disappointed. Her skirt was a shade too short.
  14. for eyes
  15. 8shades [plural] (informal) = sunglasses
  16. ghost
  17. 9[countable] (literary) the spirit of a dead person; a ghost
  18. Word OriginOld English sc(e)adu, of Germanic origin. Compare with shadow.Extra examples He threw out his old suits, all in various shades of brown. His face turned an even deeper shade of red. His room was dark, the shades pulled to block out the sun. I searched for a patch of shade to rest in. I was sitting in the shade. Let’s move into the shade. The huge trees offered shade from the sun. The ocean glistened in shades of blue and emerald. The rooms were decorated in delicate pastel shades. They were sitting under the shade of an umbrella. This wool is available in 18 stunning shades. Towels in warm shades can soften the room. a plant that grows well in shade a room painted in startling shades of pink and orange a word with various shades of meaning giving shade for cattle in the leafy shade of a fig tree our new range of shades for lips and eyes reformers of all political shades the need to ensure adequate shade for coffee plants various shades of green Her eyes were a delicate shade of green. The painting needs more light and shade. The sun peered through the shades in the hotel room. The temperature can reach 40°C in the shade. Use different shades of the same colour, rather than lots of different colours. We sat down in the shade of the tree.Idioms
    put somebody/something in the shade
    jump to other results
    to be much better or more impressive than somebody/something I tried hard but her work put mine in the shade.
    shades of somebody/something
    jump to other results
    (informal) used when you are referring to things that remind you of a particular person, thing or time short skirts and long boots—shades of the 1960s
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shade