yellow: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (yel'ō), [key]
— n., adj., v. -er, -est,
  1. a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.; the primary color between green and orange in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 570 and 590 nm.
  2. the yolk of an egg.
  3. a yellow pigment or dye.
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  5. See(def. 2).
  1. of the color yellow.
    1. designating or pertaining to an Oriental person or Oriental peoples.
    2. designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, esp. of black and white heritage, whose skin is yellowish or yellowish brown.
  2. having a sallow or yellowish complexion.
  3. cowardly.
  4. (of journalism, a newspaper, etc.) That yellow rag carried all the gory details.
    1. sensational, esp. morbidly or offensively so:That yellow rag carried all the gory details.
    2. dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, esp. in sacrificing truth for sensationalism:Objective reporting isn't always a match for yellow journalism.
  5. jealous; envious.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to make or become yellow: Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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