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Their elegant shape, showy colours, and slow, sailing mode of flight, make them very attractive objects, and their numbers are so great that they form quite a feature in the physiognomy of the forest, compensating for the scarcity of flowers.
Henry Walter Bates

Meaning of "colours" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF COLOURS

colours  [ˈkʌləz] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF COLOURS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Colours is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES COLOURS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

colours

Color

Color or colour is the visual perceptual property corresponding in humans to the categories called red, blue, yellow, green and others. Color derives from the spectrum of light interacting in the eye with the spectral sensitivities of the light receptors. Color categories and physical specifications of color are also associated with objects or materials based on their physical properties such as light absorption, reflection, or emission spectra. By defining a color space, colors can be identified numerically by their coordinates. Because perception of color stems from the varying spectral sensitivity of different types of cone cells in the retina to different parts of the spectrum, colors may be defined and quantified by the degree to which they stimulate these cells. These physical or physiological quantifications of color, however, do not fully explain the psychophysical perception of color appearance. The science of color is sometimes called chromatics, chromatography, colorimetry, or simply color science.

Definition of colours in the English dictionary

The first definition of colours in the dictionary is the flag that indicates nationality. Other definition of colours is the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the colours. Colours is also a pair of silk flags borne by a military unit, esp British, comprising the Queen's Colour showing the unit's crest, and the Regimental Colour showing the crest and battle honours.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH COLOURS


binoculars
bɪˈnɒkjʊləz
chollers
ˈtʃɒləz
cobblers
ˈkɒbləz
expellers
ɪkˈspɛləz
jeweller´s
ˈdʒuːələz
Levellers
ˈlɛvələz
maulers
ˈmɔːləz
McCullers
məˈkʌləz
oilers
ˈɔɪləz
particulars
pəˈtɪkjʊləz
petrodollars
ˈpɛtrəʊdɒləz
populars
ˈpɒpjʊləz
Sellers
ˈsɛləz
tailor´s
ˈteɪləz
Villiers
ˈvɪləz
watercolours
ˈwɔːtəkʌləz
Zatlers
ˈzætləz

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE COLOURS

colouring
colouring book
colourisation
colourise
colouriser
colourist
colouristic
colouristically
colourization
colourize
colourizer
colourless
colourlessly
colourlessness
colourman
colourmen
colourpoint cat
colourwash
colourway
coloury

WORDS THAT END LIKE COLOURS

after-hours
business hours
concours
contours
false colours
favours
flying colours
honours
hours
of ours
of yours
office hours
opening hours
ours
racing colours
Respectfully yours
the small hours
Tours
velours
yours

Synonyms and antonyms of colours in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «COLOURS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «colours» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of colours

Translation of «colours» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF COLOURS

Find out the translation of colours to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of colours from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «colours» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

颜色
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

colores
570 millions of speakers

English

colours
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

रंग
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الألوان
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

цветов
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

cores
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

রং
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

couleurs
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

warna
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Farben
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

原色
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

색상
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Werna
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

màu sắc
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நிறங்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

रंग
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

renkler
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

colori
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kolory
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

квітів
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

culori
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χρώματα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kleure
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

färger
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

farger
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of colours

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «COLOURS»

The term «colours» is very widely used and occupies the 6.845 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of colours
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «COLOURS» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «colours» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «colours» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about colours

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10 QUOTES WITH «COLOURS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word colours.
1
Pedro Almodovar
My directors of photography light my films, but the colours of the sets, furnishings, clothes, hairstyles - that's me. Everything that's in front of the camera, I bring you.
2
William Henry Ashley
These mountains appear to be almost entirely composed of stratas of rock of various colours (mostly red) and are partially covered with a dwarfish growth of pine and cedar, which are the only species of timber to be seen.
3
Majel Barrett
You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in.
4
John Barton
I became intrigued with colour theory. The absurd pronouncements of the Colour Institute, a group that decides what colours are hot each year or season, amused me.
5
Henry Walter Bates
Their elegant shape, showy colours, and slow, sailing mode of flight, make them very attractive objects, and their numbers are so great that they form quite a feature in the physiognomy of the forest, compensating for the scarcity of flowers.
6
Brian Blessed
My dream is to own a Hockney - I'm a Yorkshireman, and his vibrant colours are a good example of how the north-country people are vibrant and colourful.
7
Elizabeth Bowen
Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.
8
Stan Brakhage
How many colours are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of 'green'? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye?
9
Steve Buscemi
When I was in pre-production for Trees Lounge, I was hearing the cinematographer talking with the production designer about colours and this and that, and feeling like I was losing control.
10
Silvia Cartwright
There is no glory in war, yet from the blackness of its history, there emerge vivid colours of human character and courage. Those who risked their lives to help their friends.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «COLOURS»

Discover the use of colours in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to colours and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Colours: Their Nature and Representation
This book defends the radical thesis that no physical object has any of the colours we experience it as having.
Barry Maund, 2009
2
True Colours (Young Reader's Edition)
The Young Readers' edition of the bestselling adult non-fiction title Many critics believe Adam Gilchrist is the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman to have played the game, but Adam's huge popularity does not rest solely on his incredible track ...
Adam Gilchrist, 2010
3
Room of Many Colours
For over five decades, Ruskin Bond has written charming tales that have mesmerized readers of all ages. This collection brings together his finest stories for children in one volume.
Ruskin Bond, 2009
4
Colours: Activities for 3-5 Year Olds - 2nd Edition
Recognizing, identifying and being able to name colours are essential steps in the early education of all children.
Irene Yates, 2012
5
Theory of Colours
The conclusions Goethe draws here rest entirely upon his personal observations. This volume does not have to be studied to be appreciated.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 2012
6
Crazy Colours
Children will be taken on a journey where they will be forced to open their eyes and hearts to discuss important issues. This book will leave the reader feeling happy and cozy inside with a new outlook on life.
Brandy Lovell, 2010
7
How the Birds Got Their Colours: An Aboriginal Story
This book is based on a story told by Mary Albert, of the Bardi people, to Aboriginal children living in Broome, Western Australia. The illustrations are adapted from their paintings of the story.
Mary Albert, 2011
8
Other Colours
Other Colours is a collection of immediate relevance and timeless value, ranging from lyrical autobiography to criticism of literature and culture, from humour to political analysis, from delicate evocations of his friendship with his ...
Orhan Pamuk, 2011
9
Harmonic Colours in Bass: A Musical Approach to Chord and ...
Harmonic Colours for Bass is designed add style and dimension to your grooves by providing a combination of technical training and musical examples.
David Gross, Colgan Bryan, 1997
10
Secrets of Colours
IN THIS BOOK The mysteries and energies of colours - mind and soul. How colour preferences show your character. Colours you choose reported on by psychic Zollo. Changes in colour preference and their meanings.
Ernesto Zollo, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «COLOURS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term colours is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Psychologist Reveals The 4 Personality Types Based On 4 Colours
There are four distinct personality types, and each has it's own colour according to a renowned psychologist. Dr Carol Ritberger is an ... «2DayFM, Jul 15»
2
Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey
“Colouring Foods are the real natural colours and the study demonstrates that the use of such fruit and vegetable concentrates fits perfectly with ... «FoodNavigator.com, Jul 15»
3
The Social Festival adds Four Tet and No Artificial Colours
No Artificial Colours also make a welcome addition to the Maidstone rave up, the acclaimed duo currently making plenty of noise out of ... «Skiddle.com, Jul 15»
4
Gorgeous Me: Finding colours to suit your complexion
As a stylist and woman who's a long-time friend and fan of black clothing and accessories, I agree that black is a wardrobe staple. «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
5
Wearing Canadian colours with pride
The former national junior women's 10-metre air pistol champion will get to wear Canadian colours again this summer as she will be competing ... «Westman Journal, Jul 15»
6
Canadians show their colours in Petrolia, Alvinston
Before the fireworks lit up the sky over Petrolia, patriotic residents spent the afternoon in Greenwood Park celebrating Canada Day. Children ... «Petrolia Topic, Jul 15»
7
Natural Colours: Essentials Not Just Options
NEW YORK, July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Use of colour is vital in giving fmcgs the visual appeal to attract consumers. Natural colours, specifically, are mainly ... «PR Newswire, Jul 15»
8
On India's Roads, Saffron And Green Are The Colours Of Danger
Now, the Delhi Traffic Police have asked that the colours be restored to yellow and black. The standard colours are provided for a reason - they ... «Huffington Post India, Jul 15»
9
Photos: Team USA fans show their colours in Vancouver
Stars and stripes flood the city Sunday for the Women's World Cup Final. CLICK HERE to view more photos of Team USA fans, or if you are on ... «Vancouver Sun, Jul 15»
10
Citrus hues serve up 'sorbet for your eyes'; Fruity colours can perk …
Everybody's home could benefit from a little extra zest, and bright juicy colours are the ultimate palate cleanser. A taste of lemon yellow, ... «Regina Leader-Post, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Colours [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/colours>. Jul 2019 ».
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