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Etymology 1[edit]

From chromolithograph.


chromo (plural chromos)

  1. (chiefly historical) A color print produced by chromolithography
    • 1870, Various, Punchinello Vol. 1, No. 21, August 20, 1870[1]:
      All Nature is smiling, in fact, with one large, comprehensive smile, exactly like a first-class PRANG chromo with a fresh coat of varnish upon it.
    • 1883, Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), Life on the Mississippi[2]:
      It was manifest that we all felt that we ought to send the poor shoemaker SOMETHING. There was long and thoughtful discussion of this point; and we finally decided to send him a chromo.
    • 1999 February 19, Deanna Isaacs, “On Exhibit: a treasure trove of Mexican pop art”, Chicago Reader:
      The neglected warehouse turned out to be a treasury of calendar art from the 1930s through the 1970s, years when chromo art calendars were a major advertising medium, a vehicle for national pride, and a fixture in nearly every home, business, and school.

Etymology 2[edit]

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chromo (plural chromos)

  1. (chiefly Australia) A prostitute.
    • 1970, John Glassco, Memoirs of Montparnasse, New York 2007, p. 81:
      That dried-up lady snob lived behind lace curtains all her life. She's of no more importance than a chromo.

Etymology 3[edit]

From chromodomain.


chromo (not comparable)

  1. (genetics) Of or relating to the chromodomain, a protein structural domain associated with chromatin production