French Colors

 

In this section you will find the most complete vocabulary for French colors with useful tables and examples that will help you to improve your French vocabulary in a short time.

When describing colors as attributes in French, it is important to keep in mind the fact that these are adjectives, and for this reason they are inflicted according to the gender and number of the noun they are referring to. For example:

 

Le chat blanc (A white cat)

Adjective “white” in masculine singular form.

La maison blanche (A white house)

Adjective “white” in feminine singular form.

Les chats blancs (White cats)

Adjective “white” in masculine plural form.

Les maisons blanches (White cats)        

Adjective “white” in feminine plural form.

 

Note that the pronunciation for each of the four different forms is exactly the same as the one given to the masculine singular form.

 

Following is a list of colors translated from English to French, including the four possible variations of the adjective, depending on the number and gender of the noun they are to be applied to:

 

ENGLISH

FRENCH

MASC. SINGULAR

FEM. SINGULAR

MASC. PLURAL

FEM. PLURAL

White

Blanc

Blanche

Blancs

Blanches

Black

Noir

Noire

Noirs

Noires

Violet

Violet

Violette

Violets

Violettes

Blue

Bleu

Bleue

Bleus

Bleues

Green

Vert

Verte

Verts

Vertes

Yellow

Jaune

Jaune

Jaunes

Jaunes

Orange

Orange

Orange

Orange

Orange

Red

Rouge

Rouge

Rouges

Rouges

Pink

Rose

Rose

Roses

Roses

Gray

Gris

Grise

Gris

Grises

Brown

Marron

Marron

Marron

Marron

Pale … *

… pale

Dark … *

foncé

Light … *

clair

Strong … *

soutenu

Bright … *

vif

Deep … *

profond

 

* Whenever these terms are employed  in order to determine the precise shade of a color, inflection does not happen (regardless of the gender and/or number of the noun).


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