Colors

I colori

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 Italian colors.

  giallo   (yellow) arancione   (orange)    
  Colors in Italian rosso   (red)
   
   
nero
(black)
rosa
(pink)
   
marrone
(brown)
viola
(purple)
   
  blu
(blue)
   
   
   

 

verde   (green) verde scuro   (dark green)   blu chiaro   (light blue)
azzurro
   
bianco   (white)   grigio   (gray)
White and grey in Italian
   

Light and dark

The qualifiers chiaro (light) and scuro (dark) can be used with any color:

  • viola chiaro, verde chiaro (light purple, light green)
  • rosso scuro, blu scuro (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.

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