Colour in Spanish | English to Spanish Translation and Dictionary
colour
color (US)
[ˈkʌləʳ]
noun
1 (shade) color (m)
what colour is it? ¿de qué color es?; they come in different colours los hay de varios colores
her silk dress was sky-blue, the colour of her eyes what's your favourite colour?
to change colour cambiar or mudar de color
a dark/light colour
it was green in colour era de color verde
the dress was green [in] colour
as time goes by my memories take on a different colour con el paso de los años mis recuerdos van tomando otro color
let's see the colour of your money! ¡a ver la pasta! (informal)
he made a mental note never to enter into conversation with a customer until he'd at least seen the colour of his money
2 (colourfulness) color (m)
splashes of colour salpicones (f) or notas (f) de color; what this room needs is a touch of colour lo que este cuarto necesita es un toque de color; in colour (TV) (Cine) en color
it was a remake, in colour, of an old black and whitemovie was it in colour? you can go home afterwards and watch Inspector Morse in colour
3 (dye, paint, pigment) color (m)
the latest lip and eye colours los últimos colores para labios y ojos
4 (complexion) color (m)
the colour drained from his face palideció; se le fue el color de la cara; the colour rose to her face se le subieron los colores
he recovered from the shock and his colour returned her face, normally a good colour, was pale with fury
to put the colour back in sb's cheeks devolverle el color or los colores a algn
the relief of knowing their love was safe again had put the color back in her cheeks
to be off colour estar indispuesto
5 (race) color (m)
he said that colour and ethnic origins were utterly irrelevant I don't care what colour she is
people of colour (US) personas (f) de color
black people spoke up to defend the rights of all people of colour dye, paint, pigment the Body Shop Herbal Hair Colour it's better to avoid all food colours the latest lip and eye colours she was always changing the colour of her hair
6 colours [of country, team] colores (m); (flag) bandera (f); (Mil) estandarte (m)
the Hungarian national colours los colores húngaros; (flag) la bandera húngara; to salute the colours saludar a la bandera; the battalion's colours el estandarte del batallón; he was wearing the team's colours vestía los colores del equipo
with flying colours
she passed her exams with flying colours aprobó los exámenes con unas notas excelentes; he has come out of all the tests with flying colours ha salido airoso de todas las pruebas
to nail one's colours to the mast
he nailed his colours to the mast hizo constar sus opiniones
I'll nail my colours firmly to the mast on this subject I've learned to be more tactful and to keep my thoughts and aspirations under wraps because I see it as counterproductive.Sometimes, however, it's difficult to resist the urge to nail one's colours to the mast to nail one's colours to sb's mast he's nailed his colours firmly to Mr Gorbachev's mast Mr Major has at last nailed his colours to the European mast to [see] sth/sb in its/his true colours
to show one's true colours
show o.s. in one's true colours
demostrar cómo se es de verdad
the children are seeing him in his true colours for the first time the organisation has had time to show its true colours the PLO has showed its true colors by backing the fiercely anti-Israel Saddam Hussein
7 (authenticity, vividness) color (m); colorido (m)
an article full of local colour un artículo lleno de colorido local
she gave meaning and colour to his life she was travelling, to add depth and colour to her novels the film was full of period colour
8 (pretext)
under the colour of ... bajo la apariencia de ...
[under] the colour of charity they gather weapons for their fight he was charged with using excessive force under the colour of authority there was sufficient evidence to retry Powell on the charge of assault under color of authority their recent activities give some colour to this view the apparent inactivity on the Western front gave some colour to this view
9 (Mús) (also tone colour) timbre (m)
her voice has a wonderful dark colour in this passage we need a complete change of colour - from that pure choirboy-type sound to a gutsy, chest voice
transitive verb
1 (apply colour to) [+picture] (with paint) pintar; (with crayons) colorear
we've been making cakes and colouring the posters
2 (dye, tint) teñir
to colour one's hair teñirse or tintarse el pelo
the saffron colours the rice yellow to colour sth green the golden light of the sunset coloured the scene chemicals are used to colour red wines
3 (influence) influir en
his politics are coloured by his upbringing sus opiniones políticas están influenciadas por su educación
the effects of depression can colour our whole outlook negative images of Ireland colour people's opinions the attitude of parents must colour the way children approach school immigrants to this country are beginning to colour British society perception of pain is highly coloured by the mind stories of the jungle, coloured by a vivid imagination social creatures whose lives are highly coloured if not ruled by personal relationships
you must not allow it to colour your judgement no debes permitir que influya en tu juicio
many people think that, as boss, you should not make friends with, or have social contact with, your business colleagues as it may colour your judgement or undermine your leadership his case has been highlighted because he is one of the Hillsborough disaster's many victims. That must not colour the judgment of the doctors treating him
intransitive verb
1 (blush) ponerse colorado; sonrojarse
2 (change colour) tomar color
fry the onion until it begins to colour fría la cebolla hasta que empiece a coger color
the vegetables must fry, but not colour
3 (with crayons) [+child] colorear
he happily spends hours colouring
modifier
[+film, photograph, slide] en or a color; (LAm)
colour bar (n) barrera (f) racial
a programme which claimed that the Association of Conservative Clubs was operating a colour bar in its recruitment of secretaries
colour blindness (n) daltonismo (m)
colour filter (n) (Fot) filtro (m) de color
colour guard (n) (Mil) portaestandarte (m)
colour line (n) barrera (f) de color
colour match (n) coordinación (f) de colores
take along a scrap of the fabric to ensure a good colour match if you've searched in vain for the perfect color match for a dressy outfit you may also send a fabric swatch for the best color match if you're ordering trim, thread, or buttons
colour prejudice (n) prejuicio (m) racial
colour scheme (n) combinación (f) de colores
colour sergeant (n) (Mil) sargento (m) portaestandarte
colour supplement (n) (Journalism) suplemento (m) a color
colour television (n) televisión (f) en color; televisión (f) a color; (LAm)
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