Main definitions of ombre in US English:

: ombre1ombré2

ombre1

noun

  • A trick-taking card game for three people using a pack of forty cards, popular in Europe in the 17th–18th centuries.

    • ‘He presents Belinda at her toilet, a game of ombre, the snipping of the lock while Belinda sips her coffee, the wrath of Belinda and her demand that the lock be restored, the final wafting of the lock, as a new star, to adorn the skies.’

Origin

From Spanish hombre ‘man’, with reference to one player seeking to win the pool.

Pronunciation

ombre

/ˈämbər//ˈɑmbər/

Main definitions of ombre in US English:

: ombre1ombré2

ombré2

adjective

  • Having tones of color that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.

    ‘a blue and white ombré silk shift’
    ‘her shoulder-length ombré hair’
    • ‘Jessica wore minimal makeup and pinned back her fringe while leaving the rest of her ombré tresses loose.’
    • ‘She donned a body-conscious ombré sequin dress and Jimmy Choo heels.’
    • ‘Pastel shades, monochrome and two-tone ombré pieces are also right on trend.’
    • ‘The actress stopped in a few vintage shops on the road while showing off new ombré highlights in her hair.’
    • ‘Here's something you can take from the couture shows in Paris that you can actually wear and afford: Christian Lacroix's ombré tights.’
    • ‘Dip-dyed ombré hairstyles have been prominent in celebrity magazines.’
    • ‘The ombré trend has continued this season and shows no sign of slowing down as we head into Autumn.’
    • ‘She wants to create an ombré effect with her cashmere fabric.’
    • ‘A multi-coloured stripe tankini and selection of vivid ombré sarongs complements any choice from pool to party!’
    • ‘Prada fans have gone elegantly ga-ga for Miuccia's shrunken ombré cardigans.’
    • ‘Who can forget his outstanding ombré silk chiffon sari-like gown with a navy alligator skin asymmetrical top?’
    • ‘What do you think of her ombré locks?’
    • ‘Delilah wore a key-hole cut Michael Kors black gown last night with her ombré hair slung to one side in retro curls.’
    • ‘More formal looks included beautiful strapless fitted gowns with floor-length capes and a full-skirted gown done in an ivory-to-champagne ombré effect.’
    • ‘The beaded fringe of her dress faded in an ombré style from bronze to gold, falling just above her black leather boots.’
    • ‘The actress - a natural brunette - often experiments with her hair color, having gone lighter for roles in the past and most recently rocking an ombré look.’

Origin

French, past participle of ombrer ‘to shade’.

Pronunciation

ombré

/ˈämbrā/