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Latin color, via Old French coulour; the US spelling, which excludes the u, was chosen to conform to the word's Latin origin, and to make all derivatives consistent (colorimeter, colorize, colorless, etc; see below). Elsewhere in the English-speaking world, the u has been retained.


countable and uncountable; colours

colour (countable and uncountable; plural colours) (Commonwealth)

  1. (uncountable) The spectral composition of visible light
    Humans and birds can perceive colour
  2. (countable) 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. (uncountable) Hue as opposed to achromatic colours (black, white and greys).
    He referred to the white flag as one "drained of all colour".
  4. (uncountable) 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
  6. (heraldry): Any of the standard dark tinctures used in a coat of arms, including azure, gules, sable, and vert. Contrast with metal.
  7. (in plural) A standard or banner.
    The loss of their Colours destroyed the regiment's morale.
  8. The system of colour television.
    This film is broadcast in colour.
  9. (in plural) An award for sporting achievement, particularly within a school or university.
    He was awarded colours for his football.
  10. (physics) A property of quarks, with three values called red, green, and blue, which they can exchange by passing gluons.

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