Main definitions of ombre in 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

/ˈɑmbər//ˈämbər/

Main definitions of ombre in 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What do you think of her ombré locks?’
    • ‘Pastel shades, monochrome and two-tone ombré pieces are also right on trend.’
    • ‘The beaded fringe of her dress faded in an ombré style from bronze to gold, falling just above her black leather boots.’
    • ‘Delilah wore a key-hole cut Michael Kors black gown last night with her ombré hair slung to one side in retro curls.’
    • ‘Who can forget his outstanding ombré silk chiffon sari-like gown with a navy alligator skin asymmetrical top?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She donned a body-conscious ombré sequin dress and Jimmy Choo heels.’
    • ‘Jessica wore minimal makeup and pinned back her fringe while leaving the rest of her ombré tresses loose.’
    • ‘Here's something you can take from the couture shows in Paris that you can actually wear and afford: Christian Lacroix's ombré tights.’
    • ‘She wants to create an ombré effect with her cashmere fabric.’
    • ‘The actress stopped in a few vintage shops on the road while showing off new ombré highlights in her hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, past participle of ombrer ‘to shade’.

Pronunciation

ombré

/ˈämbrā/