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definition of the word yellow

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Old English ġeolu

yellow (comparative yellower, superlative yellowest)




  1. Having yellow as its colour.
    • 1911, J. Milton Hayes, "The green eye of the little yellow god,"
      There's a one-eyed yellow idol
      To the north of Kathmandu;
      There's a little marble cross below the town;
      And a brokenhearted woman
      Tends the grave of 'Mad' Carew,
      While the yellow god for ever gazes down.
  2. (informal) Lacking courage.
    • 2006, John Ayto, ed. Brewers Dictionary of phrase & Fable, 17th ed., ISBN 9780061121203,
      In symbolism the colour yellow indicates jealousy, inconsistency, adultery, perfidy and cowardice. In France the doors of traitors used to be dubbed with yellow, and in some countries, the laws ordained that Jews must be clothed in yellow, because they betrayed Jesus, so that in medieval pictures, Judas Iscariot is arrayed in yellow. In Spain at an auto de fé, the victims wore yellow to denote heresy.
  3. (publishing, journalism) Characterized by sensationalism, lurid content, and doubtful accuracy.
    • 2004, Doreen Carvajal, "Photo edict muffles gossipy press," International Herald Tribune, 4 Oct. (retrieved 29 July 2008),
      The denizens of the gossipy world of the pink press, purple prose and yellow tabloids are shivering over disputed photographs of Princess Caroline of Monaco.

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