Colors in Spanish

Let’s start with the primary colors, blue, red and yellow.

Primary Colors

  • Blue in Spanish is azul. A simple example: el azul oscuro del cielo means the dark blue of the sky.
  • Red in Spanish is rojo. Here’s a sentence: el contraste del azul contra el rojo es bello means the contrast of blue against red is beautiful.
  • Yellow in Spanish is amarillo. An example: ¡el amarillo te queda muy bien! This means: yellow looks great on you!

Let’s move on, shall we? What about the secondary colors?

Secondary Colors

  • Orange is naranja. Just as in English, you can also use it to refer to the fruit of the same name.
  • Purple is púrpura and violet is violeta. A sentence: La combinación del violeta con el púrpura es absurda equals, in English, the combination of violet and purple is absurd.
  • Green is verde, as in the following example: Su envidia es tan verde como la mía means his/her jealousy is as green as mine.

Other Basic Colors

  • Black is negro. Also, blacken or darken is ennegrecer.
  • Brown is marrón. There are a few other ways to say brown in Spanish, such as pardo, castaño and moreno.
  • Gold is oro. However, more commonly, the word dorado is used, which means golden.
  • Gray is gris. Variations of gray include sulfán, bistre and lino.
  • Pink is rosa. You can also say rosado. Variations include magenta, fuscia, orceína and salmón.
  • Silver is plata. Also known as argén.
  • White is blanco.

Some More Colors

  • Amber in Spanish is ámbar.
  • Carmesí is crimson in English. Escarlata means scarlet.
  • Teal in Spanish doesn’t have a specific word. It’s just verde azulado (meaning “blueish green”).
  • Zafiro is sapphire in English.
  • Esmeralda is emerald.
  • Rubí is ruby.
  • Jade is jade. Yes, no change.