WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
yel•low /ˈyɛloʊ/USA pronunciation   n., adj.,  -er, -est, v. 
  1. [uncountable] a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.;
    the primary color between green and orange.
  2. [countable] something yellow, as the yolk of an egg.

  1. of the color yellow.
  2. having a yellowish complexion.
  3. having a yellowish color:newspapers yellow with age.
  4. Informal Termscowardly.
  5. Journalism(of a newspaper, reporting, etc.) emphasizing sensational details, often by distorting or exaggerating the facts:yellow journalism.

  1. to (cause to) become yellow: [no object]The papers yellowed with age.[+ object]The years had yellowed the pages of his diary.
yel•low•ish, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
yel•low  (yelō),USA pronunciation n., adj.,  -er, -est, v. 
  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.
  4. Informal TermsSee  yellow light. 
  5. Drugs, Slang Terms[Slang.]See  yellow jacket (def. 2).

  1. of the color yellow.
  2. Physical Anthropology, Slang Terms[Often Offensive.]
    • designating or pertaining to an Oriental person or Oriental peoples.
    • designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, esp. of black and white heritage, whose skin is yellowish or yellowish brown.
  3. having a sallow or yellowish complexion.
  4. Informal Termscowardly.
  5. Journalism(of journalism, a newspaper, etc.)
    • sensational, esp. morbidly or offensively so:That yellow rag carried all the gory details.
    • 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.
  6. jealous;

v.t., v.i. 
  1. to make or become yellow:Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.
yellow•ly, adv. 
yellow•ness, n. 
  • bef. 900; 1895–1900 for def. 9; Middle English yelou (adjective, adjectival and noun, nominal), Old English geolo, geolu (adjective, adjectival); cognate with Dutch geel, German gelb, Latin helvus pale-yellow; akin to Old Norse gulr
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged craven, timorous, fearful.

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yellow /ˈjɛləʊ/ n
  1. any of a group of colours that vary in saturation but have the same hue. They lie in the approximate wavelength range 585–575 nanometres. Yellow is the complementary colour of blue and with cyan and magenta forms a set of primary colours
    Related adjective(s): xanthous
  2. a pigment or dye of or producing these colours
  3. yellow cloth or clothing: dressed in yellow
  4. the yolk of an egg
  5. a yellow ball in snooker, etc
  1. of the colour yellow
  2. yellowish in colour or having parts or marks that are yellowish
  3. having a yellowish skin; Mongoloid
  4. informal cowardly or afraid
  5. offensively sensational, as a cheap newspaper (esp in the phrase yellow press)
  1. to make or become yellow

See also yellowsEtymology: Old English geolu; related to Old Saxon, Old High German gelo, Old Norse gulr, Latin helvus

ˈyellowish adj ˈyellowly adv ˈyellowness n ˈyellowy adj

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