Definition of Technicolor in English:



  • 1mass noun, often as modifier A process of colour cinematography using synchronized monochrome films, each of a different colour, to produce a colour print.

    • ‘To add further excitement, the studio intended to shoot the film in Technicolor, a very new process in 1938.’
    • ‘The film was shot in Technicolor, which beautifully shows off the green countryside of the Emerald Isle.’
    • ‘It's also quite an education in the three-strip Technicolor filming process.’
    • ‘He filmed in Technicolor and widescreen for the only time in his career.’
    • ‘The colours approximate the old warm-hued Technicolor film stocks, and the sets and costumes take ample advantage of this.’
    1. 1.1informal Vivid colour.
      as modifier ‘a technicolor bruise’
      • ‘It is all in different colours so it looks like Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat.’
      • ‘Its technicolour dreamcoat, provided by a lighting artist, has been switched off after an all-too-brief display.’
      • ‘RETURNING TO London from Mumbai was like moving from technicolour to black and white.’
      • ‘Blonde-haired, white mannequins in technicolour saris pose in the window.’
      • ‘For a history lesson, he would take us up to the top of a hill and describe a battle that had been fought in the locality in vivid technicolor.’
      • ‘En route you'll see the usual technicolour display of exotic fish that are an everyday occurrence in Bahaman waters.’
      • ‘Each year, lured by cheap airfares and strong currency, Brits flock down under to don their scuba gear and explore its underwater technicolour paradise.’
      • ‘Zoom in and it looks like a plate of slow-moving technicolour spaghetti, but don 3D glasses and a complex structure leaps out from the screen, twisting so it can be viewed from every angle.’
      • ‘I didn't think that, I could see it in all its glory, in technicolour.’
      • ‘Her delicate white shoulder and back were marked by several large, puffy, technicolor bruises.’
      • ‘The lurid technicolour of bruises, angry wounds, and welts marred his skin.’
      • ‘Two couples chose beaches complete with warm breezes and technicolour sunsets.’
      • ‘The dessert, as it happens, is the one element of the experience that has stuck in my mind with vibrant, technicolour clarity.’
      • ‘As she spoke, a shaft of light shone through Sir Eduardo's window, illuminating in technicolour the Cathedral's chilly pillars.’
      • ‘Each of the school's nine classes chose a different theme, with displays ranging from the creation to Joseph's technicolour dreamcoat.’
      • ‘The various dishes ran together on the plates to create a series of vivid technicolour horrors.’


Early 20th century: blend of technical and color.