Add interest and detail to your English by using different colour vocabulary. (Spelled "color" in American English.) Here are some alternatives to the colours of red, blue, green, yellow, brown, grey and white.
Red colour vocabulary
blood red = red the colour of blood
russet = a red-brown colour. Russet is also the name of a variety of apple
post-box red = a bright red colour, used to paint post boxes in the UK
fire-engine red = a bright red colour, the same as on fire engines
auburn = a dark-red colour used to describe hair
strawberry-blond = a very light red / brown colour also used to describe hair
rust = the colour of metal which goes dark red when it is corroded by water or rain
terracotta = a dull red-brown or brick colour, the same colour as floor tiles
burnt orange = dark orange
Pink colour vocabulary
salmon = the pink colour you find in uncooked salmon
fuschia = a bright pink. Fuschia is a type of flower
Blue colour vocabulary
sky blue = the colour of the sky (generally a light blue colour – the one you see when you're above the clouds in an aeroplane)
eggshell blue = a light blue colour that you find in birds' eggshells
navy blue = a dark blue / black colour
baby blue = the light blue colour that people use when a baby boy is born
powder blue = a very light, pastel blue colour
Blue / red colours
aubergine = dark blue/red colour of the aubergine vegetable
burgundy = a dark blue / red colour of burgundy wine (same as aubergine)
lavender = a lighter blue / red colour of the lavender plant
plum = a darker blue / red colour of plums
Green colour vocabulary
sea-green = the green of the sea
olive green = a darker green – the colour of olives
khaki = a green-brown colour used in military uniforms
moss green = the dark green colour of moss (a plant that grows on or between stones, and on trees)
bottle green = a dark green used in glass bottles of wine or beer
pea green = the light green colour of fresh peas
lime green = the bright green colour of limes
mint = the colour of mint leaves
Yellow colour vocabulary
acid yellow = a bright yellow
mustard yellow = the darker yellow colour of mustard
Brown colour vocabulary
muddy brown = the dark brown colour of mud
mousy brown = the light brown / grey colour of mice fur
Grey colour vocabulary
grey-blue = a light colour between grey and blue often used to describe the sea, sky or someone's eyes
gunmetal grey = a darker grey, the colour of guns
White colour vocabulary
off-white = a colour that isn't completely white
ivory = the colour of elephant tusks
Colour Vocabulary Quiz
Level: Pre-intermediate and above
- Salmon pink = the colour of the salmon fish.
- Navy blue = very dark blue.
- Mustard yellow = a dark yellow
- Olive green = the colour of green olives.
- Black market = illegal market for something.
- In the red = overdrawn (in debt to the bank).
- To have green fingers = to be good at gardening
- Red carpet treatment = to be treated like a VIP.
- Red tape = unnecessary bureaucracy.
- Black spot = dangerous area.
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Thank you so much for this lesson it is very useful, I can now distinguish between colours actually some of them are new for me.
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