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 French colors.

  jaune   (yellow) orange    
  rouge   (red)


vert   (green) vert foncé   (dark green)   bleu clair   (light blue)
blanc   (white)   gris   (gray)


Colors are adjectives, and like other adjectives, they usually must agree with the nouns they modify in gender and number. For colors that are pronounced differently when masculine vs feminine (e.g., gris/grise, violet/violette, blanc/blanche), both are pronounced in the sound files.

But there are many exceptions: agreement with color adjectives.

French expressions with colors

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