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He descended the slope, and sat down in the shade of a broad-leaved tree.

What instinct made you choose that shade of pale green for your frock?

A commercial minister had appeared on the scene, and the shade of Hoskisson had revived.

A shade of thought passed over his face as he looked at her.

He had drawn the car close to a bank, and they were sitting in the shade, on the grass.

"I d'know," he said, a shade of anxiety blending with the old fond pride.

“So I have been told,” said Ossipon, with a shade of wonder in his voice.

By three o'clock the thermometer showed 116-1/2 in the shade, and I believed it.

When the beavers worked, they lay in the shade, and looked on.

And then they both laughed, and walked on together through the shade.


Middle English schade, Kentish ssed, from late Old English scead "partial darkness; shelter, protection," also partly from sceadu "shade, shadow, darkness; shady place, arbor, protection from glare or heat," both from Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (cf. Old Saxon skado, Middle Dutch scade, Dutch schaduw, Old High German scato, German Schatten, Gothic skadus), from PIE *skot-wo-, from root *skot- "dark, shade" (cf. Greek skotos "darkness, gloom," Albanian kot "darkness," Old Irish scath, Old Welsh scod, Breton squeut "darkness," Gaelic sgath "shade, shadow, shelter").

Figurative use in reference to comparative obscurity is from 1640s. Meaning "a ghost" is from 1610s; dramatic (or mock-dramatic) expression "shades of _____" to invoke or acknowledge a memory is from 1818, from the "ghost" sense. Meaning "lamp cover" is from 1780. Sense of "window blind" first recorded 1845. Meaning "cover to protect the eyes" is from 1801. Meaning "grade of color" first recorded 1680s; that of "degree or gradiation of darkness in a color" is from 1680s (cf. nuance, from French nue "cloud"). Meaning "small amount or degree" is from 1782.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.