Definition of monochrome in English:

monochrome

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnəkrəʊm
 
, mɒnə(ʊ)ˈkrəʊm
 
/

noun

1A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
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  • 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.
1.1 [mass noun] Representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one colour.
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  • 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.

adjective

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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 colour.
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  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century: based on Greek monokhrōmatos 'of a single colour'.

Derivatives

monochromic

Pronunciation: /-ˈkrəʊmɪk/
adjective
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  • 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.

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