Celtic cognates - Colours

This page contains words for colours that are cognate in all or most of the six modern Celtic languages.

Click on the English versions that are links and you will be taken to the Celtiadur, where you can see what each word means, and how some of them are pronounced. There are also details of related words and expressions, and words in older versions of the Celtic languages, such as Middle Welsh and Old Irish. More Celtic Cognates


Colours

These words are cognate in all six Celtic languages.

Gaeilge
(Irish)
Gàidhlig
(Gaelic)
Gaelg
(Manx)
Cymraeg
(Welsh)
Kernewek
(Cornish)
Brezhoneg
(Breton)
English
airgead airgead argid arian arghans arc'hant silver
fionn fionn fynn gwyn gwynn gwenn white
blond
geal geal gial gell gell gell white
ór òr airh aur owr aour gold
rua ruadh ruy rhudd rudh ruz red
dubh dubh doo du du du black
glas glas glass glas glas glas blue
green
grey
gorm gorm gorrym gwrm* gorm
(brown)
uurm*
(dark)
blue
black
liath liath lheeah llwyd loos loued grey

These words are cognate in some of the Celtic languages.

Gaeilge
(Irish)
Gàidhlig
(Gaelic)
Gaelg
(Manx)
Cymraeg
(Welsh)
Kernewek
(Cornish)
Brezhoneg
(Breton)
English
bán bàn bane bân* white
fair
buí buidhe bwee yellow
coch coch
cough
red
corcra corcar porffor purpur pourpré purple
dearg dearg jiarg red
donn donn dhone dwn brown
dun
gwyrdd gwyrdh
gwer
gwer green
melyn melyn melen yellow
blonde

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Celtiadur

A collection of Celtic cognates, with definitions, pronunciation, etymologies - includes the modern Celtic languages, older versions of these languages, such as Middle Welsh, Old Irish, and their extinct and reconstructed relatives and ancestors, including Gaulish, Celtiberian, Proto-Brythonic and Proto-Celtic.

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