from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having many or various colors; polychromatic.
  • adjective Made or decorated in many or various colors.
  • noun An object or a work composed of or decorated in many colors.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having or tinted with several or many colors; executed in the manner of polychromy: as, polychrome sculpture; polychrome architecture.
  • noun A fluorescent substance (C21H24O13), forming prismatic crystals, odorless,with a bitter taste and slight acid reaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Chem.), rare Esculin; -- so called in allusion to its fluorescent solutions.
  • adjective Executed in the manner of polychromy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Executed in the manner of polychromy; as, polychrome printing.

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

  • adjective having or exhibiting many colors
  • noun a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
  • verb color with many colors; make polychrome


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word polychrome.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.