Colour words in English

Words for colours in English with notes on their etymology, usage and symbolic connotations.


black black

  • In most Western countries black is the colour of death, mourning, breavement.
  • In English heraldry, black (sable) means darkness, doubt, ignorance and uncertainty.
  • In Western fashion black is thought of as stylish, sexy, elegant and powerful.

white white
white


red red


yellow yellow


blue blue


green green


brown brown


pink pink


orange orange


grey grey


purple purple


beige beige


silver silver


gold gold



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