Meaning of chrome in English:



mass noun
  • 1Chromium plate as a decorative or protective finish on motor-vehicle fittings and other objects.

    as modifier ‘a chrome bumper’
    • ‘The tiled bathrooms have been finished with chrome fittings and each apartment has a modern, individually designed fitted kitchen with extractor unit.’
    • ‘The body is all steel and has the original chrome bumpers, grille, and mirrors.’
    • ‘Made in a multitude of styles and configurations, they're finished in chrome, platinum, matte platinum, and brass.’
    • ‘The furniture is available in nine different stains with a polished chrome, matt chrome or black finish on the under carriage frame.’
    • ‘The most noticeable change is to the famous seven-slot grille, now finished in polished chrome and incorporating a pair of fog lights while larger, protruding side sills provide a wider stance.’
    • ‘At the Farnsworth House the two bathrooms, in cool contrast, have pristine travertine floors and walls and chrome plumbing fittings.’
    • ‘Other options include brushed or polished bronze, brushed brass, chrome, stainless steel finishes, and two types of gates.’
    • ‘There are several polished chrome and leather fittings for the bathroom including shelf brackets, towel loops, cord-pulls and soap dishes.’
    • ‘The steering wheel, automatic transmission selector and handbrake are leather-wrapped and door pulls are finished in satin chrome.’
    • ‘The magazines are particularly well made, and finished in bright chrome.’
    • ‘The shower room has a quarry tiled floor with deep blue inlaid mosaic tiling and chrome fittings, while the main bedroom has an en suite bathroom decorated in similar style.’
    • ‘A complete set of polished or satin chrome fittings can cost anything from €100 to €350.’
    • ‘Both the bathroom and en suite are just as modern, with crisp white and chrome fittings, and exposed wooden flooring.’
    • ‘The home accents are embellished with an antique effect with the help of a variety of plating like bronze, silver, nickel, chrome, pewter and black nickel.’
    • ‘Tires are available on aluminum wheels with a choice of brushed or chrome finish.’
    • ‘Austin's father owned a 1974 Mustang with a glossy black finish and chrome highlights.’
    • ‘Materials and finishes include pewter, silk steel, sparkling chrome and brushed stainless steel.’
    • ‘Modelled on the American diner of the 1950s, the chrome and Formica interior has become a classic in its own right.’
    • ‘He was hosting a children's circus skills workshop on August 15 when the chrome unicycle, worth several hundred pounds, was stolen from the fairground in Station Park.’
    • ‘This compact case contains fine-tip cuticle scissors, a cuticle pusher, a stainless-steel nail file and a chrome nail clipper.’
    • ‘He headed off on a chrome bicycle towards St Peter's Street.’
    1. 1.1as modifier Denoting compounds or alloys of chromium.
      ‘chrome dyes’
      • ‘Many chrome dyes are normal acid azo dyes containing hydroxyl or amino substituents in the ortho position to the azo linkage.’
    2. 1.2
      short for chrome yellow


Early 19th century from French, from Greek khrōma ‘colour’ (some chromium compounds having brilliant colours).