From Middle English hewe, from Old English hīew, hīw (“appearance, form, species, kind; apparition; hue, color; beauty; figure of speech”), from Proto-Germanic *hiwją (“hue, form, shape, appearance; mildew”), from Proto-Indo-European *kew-, *ḱew- (“skin, colour of the skin”) or Proto-Indo-European *ḱey- (“grey, dark shade”). Cognate with Swedish hy (“complexion, skin”), Norwegian hy (“fluff, mold, skin”), Icelandic hégómi (“vanity”), Gothic ???? (hiwi, “form, show, appearance”). Compare also Sanskrit छवि (chavi, “cuticle, skin, hide; beauty, splendour”); Irish ceo (“fog”), Tocharian B kwele (“black, dark grey”), Lithuanian šývas (“light grey”), Albanian thinjë (“grey”), Sanskrit श्याव (śyāvá, “brown”).
hue (countable and uncountable, plural hues)
- A color, or shade of color; tint; dye.
- The characteristic related to the light frequency that appears in the color, for instance red, yellow, green, cyan, blue or magenta.
- (figuratively) A character; aspect.
- (obsolete) Form; appearance; guise.
From Old French hu, a hunting cry.
hue (plural hues)
- (obsolete) A shout or cry.