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[hyoo or, often, yoo] /hyu or, often, yu/
a gradation or variety of a color; tint:
pale hues.
the property of light by which the color of an object is classified as red, blue, green, or yellow in reference to the spectrum.
all the hues of the rainbow.
form or appearance.
Origin of hue1
before 900; Middle English hewe, Old English hīw form, appearance, color; cognate with Old Norse hȳ bird's down, Swedish hy skin, complexion, Gothic hiwi form, appearance; akin to Old English hār gray (see hoar)
Related forms
hueless, adjective
Can be confused
hew, hue, Hugh.


[hyoo] /hyu/
outcry, as of pursuers; clamor.
1200-50; Middle English hu(e) < Middle French: a hoot, outcry (whence huer to hoot, cry out)


[hwey] /ʰweɪ/
a seaport in central Vietnam: former capital of Annam. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hue
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  • Its waters were mostly deep blue in color, although they had a changeable effect and constantly shifted from one hue to another.

    Policeman Bluejay L. Frank Baum
  • But do you know anything about the inwardness of this business on hue and Cry Island?

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The girls were luxuriant flappers of every hue of polished ebony; the boys were spindle-legged and spry and bullet-headed.

    The Soul of John Brown Stephen Graham
  • He was viewing the regeneration of the tribe of hue and Cry.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Her skin was of the hue and smoothness of crudded cream, where not sunburnt to the brown of the wallflower.

British Dictionary definitions for hue


the attribute of colour that enables an observer to classify it as red, green, blue, purple, etc, and excludes white, black, and shades of grey See also colour
a shade of a colour
aspect; complexion: a different hue on matters
Word Origin
Old English hīw beauty; related to Old Norse fine hair, Gothic hiwi form


/French ɥe/
a port in central Vietnam, on the delta of the Hué River near the South China Sea: former capital of the kingdom of Annam, of French Indochina (1883–1946), and of Central Vietnam (1946–54). Pop: 377 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for hue

"color," Old English hiw "color, form, appearance, beauty," earlier heow, hiow, from Proto-Germanic *hiwam (cf. Old Norse hy "bird's down," Swedish hy "skin, complexion," Gothic hiwi "form, appearance"), from PIE *kei-, a color adjective of broad application (cf. Sanskrit chawi "hide, skin, complexion, color, beauty, splendor," Lithuanian šyvas "white"). A common word in Old English, squeezed into obscurity after c.1600 by color, but revived 1850s in chemistry and chromatography.

"a shouting," mid-13c., from Old French hue "outcry, noise, war or hunting cry," probably of imitative origin. Hue and cry is late 13c. as an Anglo-French legal term meaning "outcry calling for pursuit of a felon." Extended sense of "cry of alarm" is 1580s.

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hue in Science
The property of colors by which they are seen as ranging from red through orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, as determined by the dominant wavelength of the light. Compare saturation, value.

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hue in Technology

(Or "tint") The coordinate in the HSB colour model that determines the frequency of light or the position in the spectrum or the relative amounts of red, green and blue. Hue corresponds to the common definition of colour, e.g. "red", "orange", "violet" etc. The other coordinates are saturation and brightness.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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