Colours words in many languages

The most common colours terms across languages are black, white, red, yellow, blue and green, while brown, pink, orange, grey and purple are not quite so common. The colours represented by each word can vary in different languages, and some languages make distinctions between colours that others don't make. For example in Greek and Russian, there are separate words for light blue and dark blue, while other languages have separate words for dark red and light red, or if you prefer, red and pink.

Colour words in many languages

Colour words in individual languages

Colour words in various languages with notes on use, cultural significance, etc.

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Lists of colours

Research on colour words

The colour of words

Colour idioms in different language

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