How to Say the Colors in Greek

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Colors are an important part of any language because they give us ways to describe the world around us. You can’t go to places like Santorini, for example, and not be taken in by the beautiful contrast between the white buildings and the blue of the sky and sea. You should learn the colors in the Greek language if you want to describe the world around you! Here’s more information:

Definition of Adjectives

The color words are a part of a sentence referred to as an adjective. Here’s how Webster’s Dictionary defines adjectives:

a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else

In other words, adjectives describe people, places, and things. Color words are adjectives.

Saying the Colors in the Greek Language

  • μαύρο – mavro – black
  • άσπρο – aspro – white
  • κόκκινο – kokkino – red
  • κίτρινο – kitrino – yellow
  • πράσινο – prasino – green
  • καφέ – kafe – brown
  • μπλε – ble – blue
  • γαλάζιο – galazio – light blue
  • γαλανό – galano – light blue
  • ροζ – rose – pink
  • πορτοκαλί – portokali – orange
  • μωβ – mov (like mauve) – purple
  • κυανό – kiano – purple
  • ασημένιο – asimenio – silver
  • ασημί – asime – silver
  • χρυσό – hriso – gold
  • χρυσαφένιο – hrisafenio – gold

Here are a few sentences using these words just so you can see how it works:

  • ο ουρανός είναι μπλε – o ouranos einai ble – the sky is blue
  • ο χυμός πορτοκαλιού είναι πορτοκαλί – o himos portokaliou einai portokali – the orange juice is orange
  • το ποτήρι κρασί είναι κόκκινο – to potiri krasi einai kokkini – the glass of wine is red
  • το αυτοκίνητο είναι ασημένιο – to aftokinito eina asmenio – the car is silver

As with any other list of vocabulary words, all you really need to do is read the list a few times to become familiar with them. However, you are welcome to take the extra step of memorizing them using flashcards if you want.


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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