Definition of discolor in English:

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Pronunciation: /disˈkələr/


Change or cause to change to a different, less attractive color: [no object]: do not overknead the dough while adding the fruit or it will discolor [with object]: too much aluminum can discolor water
More example sentences
  • This dentine is darker than enamel, so teeth appear stained and discoloured.
  • As a nation of tea and coffee drinkers, our teeth take a battering and frequently end up stained or discoloured.
  • Aged vinegar acquires an increasingly brown colour as enzymes discolour compounds from the original fruit.


Late Middle English: from Old French descolorer or medieval Latin discolorare, from des-, dis- (expressing reversal) + Latin colorare 'to color'.

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Syllabification: dis·col·or

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