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German Colors

If you want to learn your German colors, you've come to the right place.

First up is a list of general color words, followed by our master list of colors, then there's a bunch of expressive colors, and then finally a list of sentences featuring color words. To see the lists for yourself, simply continue scrolling or use these quick links to skip ahead.

General Color Words: 5 translations (color, colorful, rainbow, dark, and light).

List of Colors: 27 translations (azure, beige, blue, brown, burgandy, maroon, teal, lilac, yellow, gold, grey, green, indigo, khaki, coral, purple, orange, purple, teal, pink, red, maroon, black, silver, turquoise, violet, and white).

Expressive Colors: 21 translations (dark, light, blood red, cream colored, dark blue, dark brown, dark green, dark red, grass green, greyish blue, light blue, light brown, light green, light red, sky blue, mouse grey, milky white, pitch black, snow white, chocolate brown, jet black, dark brown, and lemon yellow).

Color Sentences: 6 translations.

Notes: Words in bold added/corrected during the last update. You can also view this list of German color words with translations from English to German.

General Color Words (German to English):

To get you started, here are some basic german color words...

Farbe ➔ German word for color.

Bunt ➔ Colorful

Regenbogen ➔ Rainbow

Dunkel ➔ Dark

Hell ➔ Light

Colors (German to English):

Now onto the master list of colors...

Azurblau ➔ Azure

Beige ➔ Beige

Blau ➔ Blue

Braun ➔ Brown

Burgund ➔ Burgundy

Dunkelrot ➔ Maroon

Dunkeltürkis ➔ Teal

Flieder ➔ Lilac

Gelb ➔ Yellow

Gold ➔ Gold

Grau ➔ Grey

Grün ➔ Green

Indigoblau ➔ Indigo

Kaki ➔ Khaki

Koralle ➔ Coral

Lila ➔ Purple

Knickente ➔ Teal

Orangen ➔ Orange

Purpur ➔ Purple

Rosa ➔ Pink

Rot ➔ Red

Rötlichbraun ➔ Maroon

Schwarz ➔ Black

Silber ➔ Silver

Türkis ➔ Turquoise

Violett ➔ Violet

Weiss / Weiß ➔ White

Expressive Colors (German to English):

If you want to be more expressive in your German colors, you might want to use descriptors like...

Blutrot ➔ Blood red

Cremefarben ➔ Cream colored

Dunkelblau ➔ Dark blue

Dunkelbraun ➔ Dark brown

Dunkelgrün ➔ Dark green

Dunkelrot ➔ Dark red

Grasgrün ➔ Grass green

Graublau ➔ Greyish blue

Hellblau ➔ Light blue

Hellbraun ➔ Light brown

Hellgrün ➔ Light green

Hellrot ➔ Light red

Himmelblau ➔ Sky blue

Mausgrau ➔ Mouse grey

Milchweiß / Milchweiss ➔ Milky white

Pechschwarz ➔ Pitch black

Schneeweiss / Schneeweiß ➔ Snow white

Schokoladebraun ➔ Chocolate brown

Schwarz wie Ebenholz ➔ Jet black

Schwarzbraun ➔ Dark brown (Black brown)

Zitronengelb ➔ Lemon yellow

Color Sentences (German to English):

And a few color-themed sentences to help you use the color translations in actual conversations...

Der Grass ist grün. ➔ The grass is green.

Der Himmel ist blau. ➔ The sky is blue.

Die Münze ist gold. ➔ The coin is gold.

Es ist rot. ➔ It is red.

Meine Katze ist braun. ➔ My cat is brown.

Milch ist weiß. / Milch ist weiss. ➔ Milk is white.

*List of German color words last updated: February 17, 2018.


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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 German and have a correction you'd like to share, feel free to leave a message below. Thanks again for any help you can provide.

Learn German Colors with Videos

German Colours Song by Lern mit mir - ABC 123

This video features the German colors song. A good number of colors are included, including Blue (Blau), Green (Grün), Pink (Rosa), Red (Rot), Orange (Orange), Yellow (Gelb), White (Weiss), and Black (Schwarz).

The Fine Print

I don't speak German 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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