follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

discolor

[dis-kuhl-er] /dɪsˈkʌl ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to change or spoil the color of; fade or stain.
verb (used without object)
2.
to change color; become faded or stained.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English discolouren < Old French descolorer < Late Latin discolorārī to change color, derivative of Latin discolor of another color. See dis-1, color
Related forms
undiscolored, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for discolor

discolour

/dɪsˈkʌlə/
verb
1.
to change or cause to change in colour; fade or stain
Derived Forms
discoloration, discolouration, noun
discolourment, (US) discolorment, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for discolor
v.

late 14c., from Old French descolorer, from des- (see dis-) + colorer "to color," from Latin colorare (see coloration). Related: Discolored; discoloring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for discolor

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for discolor

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends