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Colors in German: List of colors in German with Examples

Introduction to German Colors – How to learn colors in German?

The list of colors in German is one of the most basic and important lists that you would need to know as a beginner. You might have to point at something and say “I want to buy the red plate” or “The sky is so blue today” or “My car is bright red” or “I would like a dark / light beer”. This is part of the basic vocabulary list.

You absolutely need to learn colors in German as it is likely that you will come across words on a daily basis, whether you are working or studying or having a simple conversation.

Chemicals - German Colors
                         Chemicals – German Colors
  • An IT consultant might say “Make the button Red in color”
  • A doctor might tell you “Your skin looks a bit yellow”
  • A taxi driver might tell you, “Oktoberfest is so colorful.”
  • You might order a “dark beer” in a restaurant

Wherever you go, you need to use the colors in German in your sentences one way or another.

What is the list of colors in German with examples?

These are the most basic set of colors in German which you will commonly use. There are many examples given which will teach you how to use the German colors for different scenarios

Colors in German
List of all colors in German
EnglishDeutscheEnglishGerman
yellowGelbBanana is yellow.Banane ist gelb.
blueBlauThe sea is blueDas Meer ist blau
whiteWeißI have a white shirtIch habe ein weißes Hemd
brownBraunThe brown bear is angryDer Braunbär ist wütend
orangeOrangeHe likes his orange shoesEr mag seine orangenen Schuhe
blackSchwarzMy brother has black hair.Mein Bruder hat schwarze Haare.
redrotThe frenchman likes red wine.Der Franzose mag Rotwein.
pinkRosaHis daughter has a pink bag.Seine Tochter hat eine rosa Tasche.
greenGrünThe leaves are green.Die Blätter sind grün.
GreyGrauThe grey suit is expensive.Der graue Anzug ist teuer.

What are the list of advanced colors in German with examples?

Now let us dive into the more interesting world of colors. There are hundreds of shades of colors and we might use many of them frequently if not on a daily basis. 

Let us learn how to say the colors in German with some examples.

EnglishGermanEnglishGerman
indigoIndigoThe Indigo ink is expensive.Die Indigo-Tinte ist teuer.
beigeBeigeI hate beige and I love yellow.Ich hasse Beige und ich liebe Gelb.
khakikhakiThe Indian police mean wears a Khakhi shirt.Die indische Polizei gemein trägt ein Khakhi-Hemd.
cyancyanI lost my Cyan colorpencil.Ich habe meinen Cyan-Farbstift verloren.
cinnamonZimtI like CinnamonIch mag Zimt
maroonkastanienbraunMy daughter likes her maroon dollMeine Tochter mag ihre kastanienbraune Puppe
purpleViolettWe own that purple car.Wir besitzen dieses lila Auto.
violetviolettViolet rubies and green emaralds are gorgeous.Violette Rubine und grüne Smaragde sind wunderschön.
mahoganyMahagoni-The mahogany bedsheet is very cheapDas Mahagoni-Bettlaken ist sehr günstig

What are the Rainbow Colors in German with examples?

One of the first lessons you will learn in German is the colors of a rainbow in German. These are a mix of the primary colors as well as the more advanced colors. Nevertheless, you need to know the list of rainbow colors in German even if you are studying A1.

Colors of a rainbow in German
Colors of a rainbow in German

Let us learn the colors of the rainbow in German with some examples.

EnglishGermanEnglishGerman
violetviolettMy husband gifted me a gown made of violet silk.Mein Mann hat mir ein Kleid aus violetter Seide geschenkt.
indigoIndigoThe Indian ink is Indigo in color.Die Tusche ist in der Farbe Indigo.
blueBlauThe sky is blue and the sea is blue.Der Himmel ist blau und das Meer ist blau.
greenGrünI like green apples and hate red apples.Ich mag grüne Äpfel und hasse rote Äpfel.
yellowGelbDo you like this yellow shirt?Gefällt dir dieses gelbe Hemd?
orangeOrangeHis orange tie is ugly.Seine orangefarbene Krawatte ist hässlich.
redrotMy red BMW is fastMein roter BMW ist schnell

Can I use German Colors as Adjectives?

  • Of course! You can use colors as adjectives and it forms a very important part of your vocabulary. 
  • German adjectives, similar to English adjective, are placed in front of the noun
    For example: “der rote Wagen” (the red car)
  • The critical difference between English and German when it comes to adjectives and color is that the the German adjective is modified to have an ending
  • In the example above, you can see that there is an extra “-e” in the end.
  • The ending depends on several factors such as gender (der, die, das) and the three cases (nominative, accusative, dative).
  • The ending in most cases is -e or -en (in the plural).

Let us learn how to say the same colors in German with some examples.

Adjectives - Colors in German
Adjectives – Colors in German
EnglishDeutscheEnglishGerman
yellowGelbThe yellow banana is tasty.Die gelbe Banane ist lecker.
blueBlauThe blue shirt is majestic.Das blaue Hemd ist majestätisch.
whiteWeißThe white wine is cold.Der Weißwein ist kalt.
brownBraunThe brown coat is large.Das braune Fell ist groß.
orangeOrangeThe orange hat is funny.Der orangefarbene Hut ist lustig.
blackSchwarzThe black panther is dangerous.Der schwarze Panther ist gefährlich.
redrotI own a red purse.Ich besitze eine rote Handtasche.
pinkRosaHis daughter has a pink bag.Seine Tochter hat eine rosa Tasche.
greenGrünThe green leaves are beautiful.Die grünen Blätter sind wunderschön.
GreyGrauThe grey suit is expensive.Der graue Anzug ist teuer.

What are the different Mixed Colors in German?

Similar to the English language, you can mix colors in German. In English you might say “The paint is Bluish Green” or “The sun is Reddish orange”.

Let us learn how to say the same colors in German with some examples.

Colors in Deutsche
Colors in Deutsche, Colors in German, German Colors, Deutsche Colors
EnglishGermanEnglishGerman
ReddishRötlichThe sun is reddish orange.Die Sonne ist rötlich-orange.
YellowishGelblichThe flower is yellowish blue.Die Blüte ist gelblich-blau.
GreenishGrünlichThe cheese is greenish blue.Der Käse ist grünlich-blau.
BlueishBläulichThe sky is bluish green.Der Himmel ist blaugrün.
BlackishschwärzlichYour wound is blackish grey.Deine Wunde ist schwarzgrau.
WhitishWeißlichThe tie is whitish greyDie Krawatte ist weißgrau
pinkish redrosarotThe ink is pinkish redDie Tinte ist rosarot
blackishschwärzlichWater should be colorless, not blackish blue.Wasser sollte farblos sein, nicht schwarzblau.
greyishgräulichThe old man has greyish white hair.Der alte Mann hat grauweißes Haar.
colorfulbuntShe wears colorful a colorful skirt.Sie trägt bunt einen bunten Rock.
colorlessfarblosWater is colorless.Wasser ist farblos.
greenish yellowgrünlich-gelbThe mushroom is greenish yellow in colorDer Pilz hat eine grünlich-gelbe Farbe
marine blueMarineblaumarine blue is our favorite color.Marineblau ist unsere Lieblingsfarbe.
dark blueDunkelblauEmeralds are dark blue in colorSmaragde haben eine dunkelblaue Farbe
greenish bluegrünliches BlauThe lake is greenish blueDer See ist grünlich-blau
sky blueHimmelblauThe gemstone is sky blueDer Edelstein ist himmelblau
jet blackpechschwarzThe horse is jet blackDas Pferd ist pechschwarz
light redhellrotThe chair is light redDer Stuhl ist hellrot
dark redDunkelrotThe apple is dark redDer Apfel ist dunkelrot
darkdunkelI like dark beerIch mag dunkles Bier
lighthellLight blue is my favorite color.Hellblau ist meine Lieblingsfarbe.

What is your favorite color?

This is the most common question that you will get in your A1 examination. 

Favorite Color in German
Favorite Color in German
  1. was ist deine Lieblingsfarbe?  – What is your favorite color?
  2. Meine Lieblingsfarbe ist blau. – My favorite color is Blue.

What are the Colors in German Flag?

There are three colors in the German Flag

Colors in the German Flag
Colors in the German Flag

There are three colors in the German Flag: Black, Red and Yellow

DeutscheEnglishDeutsche SatzEnglish Sentence
blackSchwarzThe black panther is dangerous.Der schwarze Panther ist gefährlich.
redrotI own a red purse.Ich besitze eine rote Handtasche.
yellowGelbThe yellow banana is tasty.Die gelbe Banane ist lecker.

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