Pronunciation: (yel'ō), [key]
— n., adj., v. -er, -est,
- a color like that of egg yolk, ripe lemons, etc.; the primary color between green and orange in the visible spectrum, an effect of light with a wavelength between 570 and 590 nm.
- the yolk of an egg.
- a yellow pigment or dye.
- See(def. 2).
- of the color yellow.
- designating or pertaining to an Oriental person or Oriental peoples.
- designating or pertaining to a person of mixed racial origin, esp. of black and white heritage, whose skin is yellowish or yellowish brown.
- having a sallow or yellowish complexion.
- (of journalism, a newspaper, etc.) That yellow rag carried all the gory details.
- sensational, esp. morbidly or offensively so:That yellow rag carried all the gory details.
- dishonest in editorial comment and the presentation of news, esp. in sacrificing truth for sensationalism:Objective reporting isn't always a match for yellow journalism.
- jealous; envious.
- to make or become yellow: Yellow the sheets with dye. The white stationery had yellowed with age.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.