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

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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