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Words used to describe specific colours

alabaster

adjective

very white and smooth

amber

adjective

between brown and yellow in colour

amethyst

adjective

light purple

avocado

adjective

with a pale green colour

azure

adjective

bright blue

baby-blue

adjective

light blue in colour

beige

adjective

very pale brown in colour

black

adjective

having the darkest colour, like the sky at night when there is no light

blue

adjective

something that is blue is the same colour as the sky on a clear sunny day. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a bluish colour

bluish

adjective

similar to blue or slightly blue in colour

bottle green

adjective

very dark green

bronze

adjective

with an attractive brown colour

brown

adjective

something that is brown is the same colour as wood or coffee

brownish

adjective

similar to brown or slightly brown in colour

browny

adjective

brownish

burgundy

adjective

dark red

caramel

adjective

light yellowish-brown in colour

cerise

adjective

bright red-pink in colour

charcoal

adjective

something that is charcoal is dark grey in colour

chartreuse

adjective

bright green-yellow in colour

cinnamon

adjective

light red-brown in colour

claret

adjective

dark red in colour

copper

adjective

red-brown in colour

coppery

adjective

red-brown in colour

coral

adjective

with a colour between pink and orange

cream

adjective

yellowish-white in colour

creamy

adjective

yellowish-white in colour

crimson

adjective

dark purple-red in colour

dark

adjective

black, or almost black, in colour

Day-Glo

extremely bright yellow, orange, pink, or green in colour

dove-grey

adjective

light grey in colour

dun

adjective

between brown and grey in colour

ebony

adjective

dark black in colour

ecru

adjective

very pale brown

eggshell

adjective

like an eggshell, for example white-yellow in colour, not very shiny, or thin and delicate

electric blue

adjective

very bright blue

emerald

adjective

bright green in colour

fawn

adjective

light brown in colour

flesh-coloured

adjective

the colour of white people’s skin

gold

adjective

something that is gold is the colour of gold

golden

adjective

bright yellow in colour

gray

the American spelling of grey

green

adjective

something that is green is the same colour as grass. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a greenish colour or a greeny colour

greenish

adjective

similar to green or slightly green in colour

greeny

adjective

greenish

greige

adjective

something that is greige is between very pale brown and grey in colour

grey

adjective

between black and white in colour. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a greyish colour

hazel

adjective

light brown and slightly green or golden in colour, used especially for describing someone’s eyes

ice blue

adjective

a very light blue colour

indigo

adjective

between dark blue and purple in colour

inky

adjective

black, or a very dark colour

iron-grey

adjective

dark grey in colour

ivory

adjective

something that is ivory is a yellowish-white colour

jet-black

adjective

very shiny and black in colour

lavender

adjective

light purple in colour

leaden

adjective

dull and dark grey in colour

lilac

adjective

pale purple in colour

lily-white

adjective

pure white

lime-green

adjective

bright yellow-green in colour

livid

adjective

dark purple or blue-grey in colour

magenta

adjective

purple-red in colour

maroon

adjective

dark red-brown in colour

mauve

adjective

pale purple in colour

milk-white

adjective

something that is milk-white is the colour of milk

milky

adjective

something that is milky is the colour of milk

navy blue

adjective

very dark blue

nut-brown

adjective

medium brown in colour

off-white

adjective

something that is off-white is a white colour that is slightly yellow or grey

olive

adjective

dark yellowish green in colour

olive drab

adjective

dark grey-green in colour, like many military uniforms

orange

adjective

between red and yellow in colour. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is an orangey colour or that it is, for example, orangey-red or orangey-yellow

orangey

adjective

similar to orange or slightly orange in colour

pale

adjective

light and not bright in colour

peach

adjective

yellowish pink in colour

peachy

adjective

similar to a peach in colour, taste, or smell

peacock blue

adjective

dark blue-green in colour

pea green

adjective

bright green in colour

pink

adjective

between red and white in colour. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a pinkish or pinky colour

pinkish

adjective

similar to pink or slightly pink in colour

pinky

adjective

pinkish

pitch-black

adjective

completely black or dark

plum

adjective

between red and purple in colour

plummy

adjective

similar to a plum in colour or flavour

puce

adjective

something that is puce has a colour between dark brown or dark red and purple

purple

adjective

between red and blue in colour. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is purplish or purply.

purplish

adjective

similar to purple or slightly purple in colour

red

adjective

something that is red is the same colour as blood. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a reddish colour

red

adjective

red wine is dark red or purple in colour

reddish

adjective

similar to red, or slightly red

rose

adjective

dark pink in colour

roseate

adjective

pink in colour

rose-coloured

adjective

pink in colour

rosy

adjective

pink in colour

royal blue

adjective

deep blue

ruby

adjective

something that is ruby is a deep red colour

ruddy

adjective

red in colour

russet

adjective

red-brown in colour

rusty

adjective

red-brown in colour

saffron

adjective

between bright yellow and orange in colour

sandy

adjective

pale yellow in colour

scarlet

adjective

bright red in colour

sea-green

adjective

green-blue in colour

sepia

adjective

something that is sepia is a red-brown colour

shocking pink

adjective

very bright pink in colour

silver

adjective

light grey in colour

silvery

adjective

like silver in colour or appearance

sky-blue

adjective

something that is sky-blue is the colour of the sky on a bright clear day

smoky

adjective

light grey in colour

snow-white

adjective

very white

snowy

adjective

very white

steely

adjective

steely blue is grey-blue in colour

straw-coloured

adjective

pale brown-yellow in colour

tan

adjective

light brown in colour

taupe

adjective

something that is taupe is a brown-grey colour

tawny

adjective

between yellow and brown in colour

teal

adjective

between blue and green in colour

terracotta

adjective

brown-red in colour

turquoise

adjective

bright green-blue in colour

ultramarine

adjective

very bright blue in colour

umber

adjective

yellow or reddish brown in colour

vermilion

adjective

bright red or red-orange in colour

violet

adjective

blue-purple in colour

white

adjective

something that is white is the same colour as milk or snow. If something is similar to this colour, you can say that it is a whitish colour

whitish

adjective

similar to white or slightly white in colour

wine

adjective

something that is wine is a dark red colour

yellow

adjective

something that is yellow is the same colour as the middle of an egg

yellowish

adjective

similar to yellow or slightly yellow in colour

yellowy

adjective

yellowish

apricot

adjective

aqua

adjective

aquamarine

adjective

blackened

adjective

cobalt

adjective

jade

adjective

khaki

adjective

mahogany

adjective

ochre

adjective

primrose

adjective

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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