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[dahy] /daɪ/
a coloring material or matter.
a liquid containing coloring matter, for imparting a particular hue to cloth, paper, etc.
color or hue, especially as produced by dyeing.
verb (used with object), dyed, dyeing.
to color or stain; treat with a dye; color (cloth, hair, etc.) with a substance containing coloring matter:
to dye a dress green.
to impart (color) by means of a dye:
The coloring matter dyed green.
verb (used without object), dyed, dyeing.
to impart color, as a dye:
This brand dyes well.
to become colored or absorb color when treated with a dye:
This cloth dyes easily.
of the deepest / blackest dye, of the most extreme or the worst sort:
a prevaricator of the blackest dye.
before 1000; Middle English dien, Old English dēagian, derivative of dēag a dye
Related forms
dyable, dyeable, adjective
dyer, noun
redye, verb (used with object), redyed, redying.
undyable, adjective
undyed, adjective
Can be confused
dice, die, dye. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for dyed
  • Blue roses traditionally available through florists have been white roses dyed blue.
  • The threads can then be dyed, making them ready to be woven or used in embroidery.
  • Her hair was dyed yellowish, dewlaps of fat rolled over her neck.
  • Covered in soft new wool and dyed natural rock colors, they come in free-form cushion and couch shapes.
  • For a while, it was kind of cute, the way they dyed their hair a rainbow of hues and dressed in strange clothes.
  • Hand-dyed anemones shade from pale violet to deep purple.
  • Bloomingdale's will clean a shearling coat, but does not guarantee the color if it has been dyed.
  • dyed diesel fuel is fuel that has not been taxed and is intended for off-road use only.
  • dyed diesel education and enforcement efforts are hampered by the lack of complete and accurate blending, shipment, and sale data.
  • Wool is dyed in an acidic environment at high temperatures, and cotton is dyed in a nonacidic environment at lower temperatures.
British Dictionary definitions for dyed


a staining or colouring substance, such as a natural or synthetic pigment
a liquid that contains a colouring material and can be used to stain fabrics, skins, etc
the colour or shade produced by dyeing
verb dyes, dyeing, dyed
(transitive) to impart a colour or stain to (something, such as fabric or hair) by or as if by the application of a dye
Derived Forms
dyable, dyeable, adjective
dyer, noun
Word Origin
Old English dēagian, from dēag a dye; related to Old High German tugōn to change, Lettish dūkans dark
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Word Origin and History for dyed



Old English deah, deag "a color, hue, tinge," perhaps related to deagol "secret, hidden, dark, obscure," from Proto-Germanic *daugilaz (cf. Old Saxon dogol "secret," Old High German tougal "dark, hidden, secret").


Old English deagian "to dye," from the source of dye (n.). Spelling distinction between dye and die was not firm till 19c. "Johnson in his Dictionary, spelled them both die, while Addison, his near contemporary, spelled both dye" [Barnhart]. Related: dyed. Figurative phrase dyed in the wool (or grain) is from dyeing while the material is in its raw state, which has a more durable effect.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dyed in Medicine

dye (dī)
A substance used to color materials or substances, such as cells, tissues, and microorganisms.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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dyed in the Bible

The art of dyeing is one of great antiquity, although no special mention is made of it in the Old Testament. The Hebrews probably learned it from the Egyptians (see Ex. 26:1; 28:5-8), who brought it to great perfection. In New Testament times Thyatira was famed for its dyers (Acts 16:14). (See COLOUR.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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