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monochrome Syllabification: mon·o·chrome
Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌkrōm/

Definition of monochrome in English:


1A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
Example sentences
  • Pioneering monochromes by Malevich, Rodchenko, Reinhardt, Klein and Ryman employ just one color, unlike many later examples that feature a dominant but not single hue.
  • In subsequent works, he geometrically structured the stippled monochromes to toy with color contrasts.
  • The new works may be her most reserved and elegant since the monochromes (such as charcoal on vellum) that she made in the late '80s.
1.1Representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
Example sentences
  • I'm just trying to buy a pair of size 6 basketball shoes in black monochrome.
  • Maybe you vividly remember watching the occasion unfold in monochrome as you crowded round a black and white TV with family and friends.
  • ‘Making a film in monochrome is one of my little obsessions,’ says Payne.


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(Of a photograph or picture, or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
Example sentences
  • The images are displayed on monochrome screens on the flight deck and on the lower deck.
  • These documentary pictures and the monochrome paintings exist side by side in an uneasy tension.
  • He also bemoaned today's monochrome screens and small displays.


Pronunciation: /ˌmänəˈkrōmik/
Example sentences
  • He shot all of his actors against blue screen backgrounds, later adding a digital production design, effects, all of the action and monochromic blue and tan tinting.
  • His exhibit shows 30 monochromic close-up photos of serene faces with accompanying quotes at the sides of each.
  • The human condition is poorly represented by such monochromic shades.


Mid 17th century: based on Greek monokhrōmatos 'of a single color'.

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