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Colors in French

If you want to be able to describe things, then chances are you'll have to learn some French color words.

Look below for French to English translations of 36 different colors in French. There's also some sentences with colors following the main list of colors to help you use the colors in everyday conversations.

Note: Words in bold added during the last update. You can also view this list of colors from English to French.

Colors in French:

Les couleurs ➔ The colors

Couleur ➔ Color

Multicolore ➔ Multi-colored

Clair ➔ Light

Foncé ➔ Dark

Améthyste ➔ Amethyst

Argent ➔ Silver

Aubergine ➔ Eggplant (dark purple)

Beige ➔ Beige

Blanc ➔ White

Bleu ➔ Blue

Bleu ciel ➔ Sky blue

Bleu clair ➔ Light blue

Bleu foncé ➔ Dark blue

Bleu marine ➔ Navy blue

Brun ➔ Brown

Chartreuse ➔ Chartreuse (green / yellow mix)

Cramoisi ➔ Crimson

Gris ➔ Gray / Grey

Cris clair ➔ Light gray / Light grey

Gris foncé ➔ Dark gray / Dark grey

Ivoire ➔ Ivory

Jaune ➔ Yellow

Jaune d'or ➔ Golden yellow

Lavande ➔ Lavender

Marron ➔ Brown

Noir ➔ Black

Or ➔ Gold

Orange ➔ Orange

Pourpre ➔ Reddish purple

Rose ➔ Pink

Rouge ➔ Red

Sarcelle ➔ Teal

Sépia ➔ Sepia

Tan ➔ Tan

Vert ➔ Green

Vert clair ➔ Light green

Vert d'eau ➔ Cyan

Vert foncé ➔ Dark green

Vert marin ➔ Sea green

Violet ➔ Purple

Sentences with Colors in French:

Blanc comme un linge ➔ White as a sheet

Des yeux marrons ➔ Brown eyes

L'herbe est verte. ➔ The grass is green.

La neige est blanche. ➔ The snow is white.

Le soleil est jaune. ➔ The sun is yellow.

Les cheveux bruns ➔ Brown hair

Les cheveux noirs ➔ Black hair

*List of colors last updated: April 8, 2018.

English to French Comprehension:

Can you answer these questions about French colors?

1. What is the color teal in French?
2. How do you say blue in French?
3. How do you spell purple in French?
4. How do you say light blue in French?
5. How do you say color in French?
6. What is the French language word for green?
7. How do you say the color orange in French?
8. What is the French word for silver (color)?
9. How do you say beige in French?
10. How do you say pink in French?
11. What is the French word for brown?
12. How do you spell yellow in French?

French to English Comprehension:

What about these questions starting with the French first? Can you translate them back into English?

1. What is the French color argent called in English?
2. What is the meaning of vert foncé in English?
3. What is the meaning of vert clair in English?
4. What color is vert in English?
5. What color is brun in English?
6. What color is sarcelle in English?
7. What is the French color noir known as in English?


As many of the translations in the list above are user submitted, it's quite possible for there to be mistakes on the page. If you speak French and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

The Fine Print

I don't speak French myself, so there could be mistakes in the translations. Most of what is here is user-submitted, but I do try to check for accuracy and make corrections as I can. Thanks for your understanding.

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