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

  • adj. Relating to colors or color.
  • adj. Relating to color perceived to have a saturation greater than zero.
  • adj. Music Of, relating to, or based on the chromatic scale.
  • adj. Music Relating to chords or harmonies based on nonharmonic tones.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to or characterised by hue.
  • adj. Having the capacity to separate spectral colours by refraction.
  • adj. Regarding all twelve traditional Western pitch classes, regardless of temperament or intonation; Regarding entire sets of alternative pitch class systems.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to color, or to colors.
  • adj. Proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals of the diatonic scale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or of the nature of color.
  • In music: Involving tones foreign to the normal tonality of a scale, a harmony, or a piece; not diatonic, Involving the use of the black notes on the keyboard, or of sharps and flats on the staff.
  • n. In music, a note affected by an accidental.
  • In cytology, of or pertaining to chromatin, the stainable substance of the cell-nucleus.

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

  • adj. able to refract light without spectral color separation
  • adj. being or having or characterized by hue
  • adj. based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones


Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma, khrōmat-, color.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek χρῶμα (khroma, "color"). (Wiktionary)



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