Definition of Pantone in US English:



  • usually as modifier A system for matching colors, used in specifying printing inks.

    ‘Pantone colors’
    • ‘Rather than using a Pantone selection, he mixes his own dyes from different forms of pure colour and has, both by accident and design, developed a colour library over time.’
    • ‘Max planned to paint the cars, perhaps in a fine swathe of perfectly matched Pantone colours, but he never got round to it.’
    • ‘What appear to be arbitrary choices of hue and composition are in fact rather literal enlargements of the Pantone color swatches that determine a given product's chromatic identity.’
    • ‘Born from the color of architectural blueprints, it's a complex hue not easily matched with a Pantone number.’
    • ‘He has created numerous designs for Pantone color markers.’


1960s: an invented name.