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From Latin "color" via Old French "coulour"; in American spelling the 'u' was dropped from colour to aid in spelling. In British spelling the 'u' remains.


color (US) colour (outside US) (uncountable and countable; plural: colors/colours)

  1. The spectral composition of visible light
    Humans and birds can perceive colour
  2. A particular set of visible spectral compositions, perceived or named as a class
    Most languages have names for the colours black, white, red and green.
  3. Hue as opposed to achromatic colours (black, white and greys).
    He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all colour".
  4. Human skin tone, especially as an indicator of race or ethnicity.
    Colour has been a sensitive issue in many societies.
  5. (figuratively) interest, especially in a selective area.
    a bit of local colour.
See also Wikipedia: color


color (US) colour (outside US) (absolute so no comparative or superlative forms)

  1. Conveying colour, as opposed to shades of grey
    Colour television and films were considered a great improvement over black and white

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See Appendix:Colours



to color (US) to colour (outside US)

  1. To give something colour
    We could colour the walls red
  2. To draw within the boundaries of a line drawing using coloured markers or crayons
    My son loves to colour
  3. (of a face) To become red through increased blood flow
  4. To affect without completely changing
    That interpretation certainly colours my perception of the book
  5. (colloquial) To attribute a quality to
    Colour me confused


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