Colour words in Italian (I Colori)

Words for colours in Italian with notes and colour-related expressions.

black nero - black (cloud, hair, skin), mournful, painful, sad, evil, wicked
buio - black (night)

Shades and expressions

white bianco - white, clean, blank

Shades and expressions

red rosso - red, flushed, red-haired

Shades and expressions

yellow giallo - yellow, crime, detective, yolk

Shades and expressions

  • i gialli (the yellows) - detective stories/films - this is because the books were first published with yellow covers

blue azzurro - light blue, sky blue, azure; blu - blue

Shades and expressions

green verde - green, unleaded, unripe

Shades and expressions

brown marrone - brown; castano (eyes); bruno (hair)

Shades and expressions

pink rosa - pink, gay, left-wing

Shades and expressions

orange arancione - orange


grey grigio - grey, dull; bigio - grey

Shades and expressions

purple viola / porpora - purple


Colour modifier words

There are also diminutive and augmentive forms of some colours, eg. verdone - hot green; verdino - pale green; rosino - pale pink.

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