Definition of chrome in English:



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

    [as modifier] ‘a chrome bumper’
    • ‘There are several polished chrome and leather fittings for the bathroom including shelf brackets, towel loops, cord-pulls and soap dishes.’
    • ‘Made in a multitude of styles and configurations, they're finished in chrome, platinum, matte platinum, and brass.’
    • ‘This compact case contains fine-tip cuticle scissors, a cuticle pusher, a stainless-steel nail file and a chrome nail clipper.’
    • ‘The magazines are particularly well made, and finished in bright chrome.’
    • ‘The body is all steel and has the original chrome bumpers, grille, and mirrors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tiled bathrooms have been finished with chrome fittings and each apartment has a modern, individually designed fitted kitchen with extractor unit.’
    • ‘The furniture is available in nine different stains with a polished chrome, matt chrome or black finish on the under carriage frame.’
    • ‘At the Farnsworth House the two bathrooms, in cool contrast, have pristine travertine floors and walls and chrome plumbing fittings.’
    • ‘Modelled on the American diner of the 1950s, the chrome and Formica interior has become a classic in its own right.’
    • ‘The steering wheel, automatic transmission selector and handbrake are leather-wrapped and door pulls are finished in satin chrome.’
    • ‘Other options include brushed or polished bronze, brushed brass, chrome, stainless steel finishes, and two types of gates.’
    • ‘He headed off on a chrome bicycle towards St Peter's Street.’
    • ‘Materials and finishes include pewter, silk steel, sparkling chrome and brushed stainless steel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Austin's father owned a 1974 Mustang with a glossy black finish and chrome highlights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A complete set of polished or satin chrome fittings can cost anything from €100 to €350.’
    • ‘Tires are available on aluminum wheels with a choice of brushed or chrome finish.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both the bathroom and en suite are just as modern, with crisp white and chrome fittings, and exposed wooden flooring.’
    1. 1.1[as 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).