Definition of cyan in English:



  • A greenish-blue color, which is one of the primary subtractive colors, complementary to red.

    • ‘The report said something about cyan, blue in colour, remember?’
    • ‘Most photoprinters are actually inkjet printers that offer six-colour printing by adding light cyan and light magenta to the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black.’
    • ‘Hey, cyan is a blue hue, and ceanothus has beautiful blue flowers, so it makes sense.’
    • ‘That of a primary colour will be a mixture of the two other primaries: the additive complement of red is cyan, the subtractive complement is green.’
    • ‘Colour Correction filters are available in primary colors - green, red and blue - and printing colors - yellow, cyan and magenta.’
    • ‘Colour printers use at least four inks - cyan, magenta, yellow and black - but some of them use up to nine inks to improve photographic quality.’
    • ‘Fake furs are presented in an especially trendy style - in fashionable colours from magenta to lime green and cyan blue.’
    • ‘Solid streaks of cerulean blue or vibrant cyan give the small details she depicts a life that can only be attained through extensive, lucid observation.’
    • ‘Mixing two of them produces cyan, magenta and yellow, also called the subtractive colors.’
    • ‘Jones scans his photographs to separate them into process colors - cyan, magenta and yellow.’
    • ‘As an aside, a mixture of cyan, magenta and yellow should produce black, but in reality a touch of black is needed to get it.’
    • ‘Colour printers use four inks - cyan, magenta, yellow and black - and the coloured inks are more expensive than black toner.’
    • ‘His hair was a deep, rich purple accented by streaks of cyan that helped to bring out the color of his lavender eyes.’
    • ‘Yellow, magenta, and cyan are not the primary pigment colors, as one book had it.’
    • ‘It prints in cyan, magenta, yellow, and clear or white.’
    • ‘I had said all of the colors from white or black to fuchsia and cyan, but for some reason I could never say purple.’
    • ‘Similarly, a short soak in water containing a little acid shifts the colour towards cyan, each acid producing a slightly different hue.’
    • ‘During each pass, one of the four colors - cyan, magenta, yellow and black - was placed on the paper.’
    • ‘‘In them, Ken has fused the rich colours of sky, sea and earth - ultramarine, cyan, terracotta - with neutrals to create works which are serene and yet striking,’ says David.’
    • ‘We admired the view and watched the sun set over Dublin with dramatic streaks of pinks, cyan, purple and red.’
    sky-blue, azure, sapphire, cerulean, oxford blue, cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
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Late 19th century: from Greek kuaneos dark blue.