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Meaning of yellow by Wiktionary Dictionary

yellow


    Various shades of yellow.

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    Etymology

    Middle English yelwe, yelou, from Old English ġeolu, ġeolwe, from Proto-Germanic *gelwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃-u̯os ( compare Welsh gelw ( “pale” ), Latin helvus ( “dull yellow” ), Lithuanian žel̃vas ( “greenish” ) ), from *ǵʰelh₃ ( “gleam, yellow” ) ( compare Irish geal ( “white, bright” ), Ancient Greek χλωρός ( chlōrós, “light green” ), Persian زر ( zar, “yellow” ), Sanskrit हरि ( hari, “greenish-yellow” ) ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈjɛləʊ/, X-SAMPA: /"jel@U/
    • ( US ) enPR: yĕl'ō, IPA: /ˈjɛloʊ/

    Adjective

    yellow ( comparative yellower, superlative yellowest )

    1. Having yellow as its colour.
    2. ( informal ) Lacking courage .
    3. ( publishing, journalism ) Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.
    4. ( chiefly derogatory and offensive ) Asian ( relating to Asian people ) .
    5. ( UK, politics ) Related to the Liberal Democrats.
      • 2012 March 2, Andrew Grice, "Yellow rebels take on Clegg over NHS 'betrayal'", The Independent
      yellow constituencies
    6. ( Germany, politics ) Related to the Free Democratic Party .
      The black-yellow coalition

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    Noun

    yellow ( plural: yellows )

    1. The colour of gold or butter; the colour obtained by mixing green and red light, or by subtracting blue from white light .
    2. ( US ) The intermediate light in a set of three traffic lights, the illumination of which indicates that drivers should stop short of the intersection if it is safe to do so .
    3. ( snooker ) One of the colour balls used in snooker with a value of 2 points .
    4. ( pocket billiards ) One of two groups of object balls, or a ball from that group, as used in the principally British version of pool that makes use of unnumbered balls ( the ( yellow[s] and red[s] ); contrast stripes and solids in the originally American version with numbered balls ) .
    5. ( sports ) yellow card

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