yellow
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English yelwe, yelow, from Old English geolu; akin to Old High German gelo yellow, Latin helvus light bay, Greek chlōros greenish yellow, Sanskrit hari yellowish Date: before 12th century 1. a. of the color yellow b. become yellowish through age, disease, or discoloration ; sallow c. sometimes offensive having a yellowish or light brown complexion or skin 2. a. featuring sensational or scandalous items or ordinary news sensationally distorted <
yellow journalism
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b. mean, cowardlyyellowish adjective II. noun Date: before 12th century 1. something yellow or marked by a yellow color: as a. sometimes offensive a person having yellowish or light brown skin b. the yolk of an egg 2. a. a color whose hue resembles that of ripe lemons or sunflowers or is that of the portion of the spectrum lying between green and orange b. a pigment or dye that colors yellow 3. plural jaundice 4. plural but singular in construction any of several plant diseases caused especially by phytoplasmas and marked by yellowing of the foliage and stunting III. verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb to become or turn yellow transitive verb to make yellow ; give a yellow tinge or color to <
yellowed by time
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  • Yellow — Yel low (y[e^]l l[ o]), a. [Compar. {Yellower} (y[e^]l l[ o]*[ e]r); superl. {Yellowest}.] [OE. yelow, yelwe, [yogh]elow, [yogh]eoluw, from AS. geolu; akin to D. geel, OS. & OHG. gelo, G. gelb, Icel. gulr, Sw. gul, Dan. guul, L. helvus light bay …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yellow — Yel low, n. 1. A bright golden color, reflecting more light than any other except white; the color of that part of the spectrum which is between the orange and green. A long motley coat guarded with yellow. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A yellow… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yellow — [yel′ō] adj. [ME yelwe < OE geolu, akin to Ger gelb < IE base * ĝhel , to gleam, yellow, green, blue > Gr cholos, gall, L helvus, tawny] 1. of the color of gold, butter, or ripe lemons 2. changed to a yellowish color as by age, as old… …   English World dictionary

  • yellow — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of the colour between green and orange in the spectrum, as of egg yolks or ripe lemons. 2) offensive having a yellowish or olive skin (as used to describe Chinese or Japanese people). 3) referring to a warning of danger which is… …   English terms dictionary

  • Yellow — Yel low, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yellowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yellowing}.] To make yellow; to cause to have a yellow tinge or color; to dye yellow. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Yellow — (engl. für die Farbe Gelb) steht für: Yellow (Manga), Mangaserie von Makoto Tateno Yellow, umgangssprachlich für den Buntbarsch Labidochromis caeruleus Siehe auch Yello, Schweizer Musik Band …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Yellow — Yel low, v. i. To become yellow or yellower. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yellow — [adj1] cowardly chicken*, craven, deceitful, gutless, lily livered*, low, offensive, pusillanimous, sneaking, treacherous, tricky, unethical, unprincipled; concepts 267,401 Ant. bold, brave, confident yellow [n/adj2] sunny color amber, bisque,… …   New thesaurus

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