Definition of local color in English:

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local color

Pronunciation: /ˈlōkəl ˈkələr/


1The customs, manner of speech, dress, or other typical features of a place or period that contribute to its particular character: reporters in search of local color and gossip
More example sentences
  • Unfortunately, more time is spent in conjuring up local colour and period detail than in developing any of these characters.
  • There will no doubt be plenty of local colour and fine-sounding speeches.
  • No matter which eatery you choose, you're bound to have a dining experience with local color and character.
2 Art The natural color of a thing in ordinary daylight, uninfluenced by the proximity of other colors.
Example sentences
  • It is still a disturbing picture - overthrowing perspective, single viewpoint, integral form, local colour, decorative colour.
  • Painted in broad, thin, local color and held by black contour lines, each form feels unable to dislodge itself.
  • Once the bleach has been applied and the board is dry, local color is applied sparingly using chalk pastels.

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Syllabification: lo·cal col·or

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