Definition of monochrome in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmänəˌkrōm/ /ˈmɑnəˌkroʊm/

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  • 1A photograph or picture developed or executed in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

    ‘Pioneering monochromes by Malevich, Rodchenko, Reinhardt, Klein and Ryman employ just one color, unlike many later examples that feature a dominant but not single hue.’
    • ‘In subsequent works, he geometrically structured the stippled monochromes to toy with color contrasts.’
    • ‘The new works may be her most reserved and elegant since the monochromes (such as charcoal on vellum) that she made in the late '80s.’
    • ‘His earlier enlargements of these miniature monochromes have given way to increasingly complex compositions.’
    • ‘At first glance, they resemble a suite of Minimalist monochromes.’
    • ‘The installation established a quiet pulsation, the result of the two sizes in which Rudolf de Crignis paints his monochromes - either 60 inches square or 30 inches square.’
    • ‘Of the fours works that Stenclova presented in New York, the most striking was Green Cycle, a grouping of four monochromes.’
    • ‘All the images are mechanically produced by a sub-photographic process that can yield monochromes in brown, blue or red.’
    • ‘These monochromes were seductive, their surfaces smooth and shimmering.’
    • ‘This piece also reflects the fact that colors and surfaces change over time, so that monochromes frequently evolve into polychromes, or lose their original texture, hue or intensity.’
    • ‘I think he must have seen Rothko's last great monochromes in 1969, just before his suicide.’
    • ‘However, Kuwayama's interest in perfect geometric form was already manifest in the monochromes he painted following his 1958 arrival in New York City.’
    • ‘It's in the middle of the far wall, to the left of the monochromes.’
    • ‘Some eighteenth-century Chinese ceramics with monochrome glazes and iridescent surfaces influenced his glazes, which were primarily iridescent monochromes punctuated with crystals.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the deep, rich Clear Blue #1 seems at first a pure monochrome; on closer view, varnishlike swirls of wax can be seen as they catch light from certain vantage points.’
    • ‘He draws the projected image, turns the lights back on and slowly brings the painting up from a monochrome to a colored underpainting.’
    • ‘Rose's exemplary essay on the history and meaning of the monochrome in the superbly designed catalogue is both factually enlightening and philosophically thought-provoking.’
    • ‘In July 3, the rocky coastline they both share is a near monochrome of pale blues that darken in the rocks and billowing clouds as though illuminated by moonlight.’
    • ‘When looked at from the sides it seemed to be a near monochrome, but it also evoked vast expanses of lava seen from afar.’
    • ‘A splendid white monochrome, Number 94, consists mainly of the paper-cast shells of objects.’
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    1. 1.1Representation or reproduction in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.
      ‘I'm just trying to buy a pair of size 6 basketball shoes in black monochrome.’
      • ‘Maybe you vividly remember watching the occasion unfold in monochrome as you crowded round a black and white TV with family and friends.’
      • ‘‘Making a film in monochrome is one of my little obsessions,’ says Payne.’
      • ‘Shot entirely in monochrome, the film consists of 11 short scenes, set in diners and cafés across America.’
      • ‘Don't lose the old black-and-white archive. Films still get made in monochrome.’
      • ‘The use of monochrome throughout this film is, as in Rumblefish, an expression of this.’
      • ‘I see most things in monochrome, and I know why dogs look melancholy most of the time.’
      • ‘She felt as if she had left all colour behind, that from now on she would see the world in monochrome.’
      • ‘The third series was taped in colour but first screened in black and white because they still broadcast in monochrome at that time.’
      • ‘Whether shot in stark monochrome, or with heavily filtered colour coding, they always feature handheld camerawork that is queasily mobile.’
      • ‘I love the way it reduces everything to monochrome and allows you to focus on shape and texture.’
      • ‘Presented in harsh monochrome, the farm is given a timeless artistic quality.’
      • ‘If one was tempted to conclude that he was at his best when working on a smaller budget, in monochrome, and in the English context, his next three films challenged such a contention.’
      • ‘After compiling mosaics of Titan's surface from the triplets, the amateurs converted these from two-dimensional monochrome to three-dimensional color.’
      • ‘Its monochrome is magnificent, with minimal defects or mastering mistakes.’
      • ‘It is a picture in monochrome, in desperate need of the colours that will come as spring progresses.’
      • ‘At first he transcribed just broad areas of dark tone in monochrome.’
      • ‘At least the monochrome is sharp and the image appears focused.’
      • ‘With a film like this one, the monochrome is the main reason why we feel any manner of menace.’
      • ‘It is photographed in glamorous monochrome that mixes black and white and all pearly shades in between.’


  • (of a photograph or picture, or a television screen) consisting of or displaying images in black and white or in varying tones of only one color.

    boring, monotonous, dull, deadly dull, uninteresting, unexciting, unvaried, unvarying, lacking variety, mind-numbing, mindless, soul-destroying, soulless, humdrum, dreary, ho-hum, mundane, wearisome, wearying, tiresome, soporific, dry, as dry as dust, arid, lifeless, colourless, monochrome, uninspired, uninspiring, flat, plodding, slow, banal, vapid, insipid, bland, lacklustre, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, jejune, leaden, heavy


Mid 17th century based on Greek monokhrōmatos ‘of a single color’.