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monochrome

[mon-uh-krohm] /ˈmɒn əˌkroʊm/
noun
1.
a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
2.
the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
3.
the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.
adjective
4.
being or made in the shades of a single color:
a blue monochrome seascape.
5.
having the images reproduced in tones of gray:
monochrome television.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Medieval Latin monochrōma. See mono-, -chrome
Related forms
monochromic, monochromical, adjective
monochromically, adverb
monochromist, noun
monochromy, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for monochromy

monochrome

/ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm/
noun
1.
a black-and-white photograph or transparency
2.
(photog) black and white
3.
  1. a painting, drawing, etc, done in a range of tones of a single colour
  2. the technique or art of this
4.
(modifier) executed in or resembling monochrome a monochrome print
adjective
5.
devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
Also called (for senses 3, 4) monotint
Derived Forms
monochromic, monochromical, adjective
monochromist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour
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Word Origin and History for monochromy
monochrome
1660s, "painting or drawing done in different tints of a single color," from Gk. monochromos "of a single color," from monos "single, alone" + khroma (gen. khromatos) "color, complexion, skin." Photographic sense is recorded from 1940.
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