Colors

French colors
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Couleurs

What do buying clothes, talking about art, and shopping for fruits and vegetables have in common? Color! If you want to make sure to buy red tomatoes and critique an artist’s use of green, you’ll need to know the French colors.

jaune   yellow
orange   orange
rouge   red
rose   pink
violet   purple
bleu   blue
vert   green
noir   black
brun   brown
marron   chestnut
gris   gray
blanc   white
bleu clair   light blue
vert foncé   dark green

Light and dark

The qualifiers clair (light) and foncé (dark) can be used with any color:

  • violet clair, vert clair (light purple, light green)
  • rouge foncé, bleu foncé (dark red, dark blue)
    etc.

Agreement

Colors are adjectives, and like other adjectives, they usually must agree with the nouns they modify in gender and number. For colors that are pronounced differently when masculine vs feminine (e.g., gris/grise, violet/violette, blanc/blanche), both are pronounced in the sound files.

But there are many exceptions: agreement with color adjectives.

French expressions with colors

 Color Quizzes

Think you’ve got it? Test yourself on French colors with these fill-in-the-blank exercises:

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Colors in French

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