Colors / Colours

What is the difference between Color and Colour?

Both words mean the same thing and its spelling depends on the country where the word is written.

The word Color is used in United States.

The word Colour is used in the rest of the English-speaking countries (England, Australia, NZ etc.)

The names of 35 colors in English appear in the chart below:


Light – Dark – Bright

You can also talk in shades (or intensity) of color in English by using such expressions as:


Bright: a strong color that is easy to see.

  • Helen has dark green eyes.
  • His light grey hair made him look very distinguished.
  • Her bright pink lipstick doesn’t look good.

The words Light, Dark and Bright are placed before the colour.


Colours + ISH

If you are not exactly sure how to describe a colour, we normally use the suffix -ish.

e.g. Greenish (= approximately green but not exactly green)

  • The sunset is a beautiful pinkish-purplish color today.

Usual Things of each Color

The following is a list of things typically associated with each color:

Red: Strawberry, Rose, Fire engine, Blood, Heart

Orange: Pumpkin, Carrot, Basketball

Yellow: Cheese, Sun, Butter, Lemon

Green: Grass, Lettuce, Frog, Leaf, Lizard

Blue: Sky, Ocean, Blueberry, Whale

Black: Bat, Night, Tire (tyre), Fly

White: Paper, Sugar, Milk, Snow, Sheep

Pink: Pig, Tongue, Cotton candy (Candy floss)

Brown: Wood, Cigar, Earth, Acorn, Horse

Grey / Gray: Rock, Lead, Dust, Mouse, Elephant

Purple: Bruise, Grapes