from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A picture, especially a painting, done in different shades of a single color.
  • n. The art or technique of executing such a picture.
  • n. The state of being in a single color.
  • n. A black-and-white image, as in photography or on television.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A black and white image, especially such a photograph.
  • n. A painting executed in shades of a single colour.
  • n. A ceramic glaze of a single colour; an object so glazed.
  • adj. having only one colour
  • adj. representing colours with shades of gray

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A painting or drawing in a single color; a picture made with a single color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of one color; painted in one color; monochromic.
  • n. Painting or a painting in one color, which may, however, be relieved by the use of lighter and darker shades. Compare camaïeu and grisaille.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. painting done in a range of tones of a single color
  • n. a black-and-white photograph or slide
  • adj. having or appearing to have only one color


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Medieval Latin monochrōma, from feminine of Greek monokhrōmos, of one color : mono-, mono- + khrōma, color.

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From Ancient Greek μονόχρωμος (monokhrōmos), from μόνος ("one") + χρῶμα ("color").


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