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“Color” or “Colour”


Color and colour are both English terms.


Color is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while colour is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
color 98 25 32 98 64 26 89 29 30 63 60 63
colour 2 75 68 2 36 74 11 71 70 37 40 37

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (98 to 2).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 75 to 25 preference for "colour" over "color".
  • In India, there is a 68 to 32 preference for "colour" over "color".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (98 to 2).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (64 to 36).
  • In Australia, there is a 74 to 26 preference for "colour" over "color".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (89 to 11).
  • In Ireland, there is a 71 to 29 preference for "colour" over "color".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "colour" over "color".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (63 to 37).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (60 to 40).
  • In Guyana, there is a preference for "color" over "colour" (63 to 37).

Below, we provide some examples of when to use color or colour with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “color”

  • has a reddish or yellowish-brown color, more or less dotted minutely
  • layer leaves feature light yellow color.
  • contracts regardless of race, creed, color or national origin."
  • most famous mention of the color raspberry was by Prince, in
  • shifting case or changing ribbon color.
  • in the ABA and NBA; color analyst for Portland Trail Blazers
  • combines black-and-white hand-drawn animation and color CGI animation, the short features
  • with upright riding position, two color options, three-speed gearing, one frame
  • Reviving the Apple 410 Color Plotter NYC Resistor
  • Its color is brownish yellow to pale

Examples of “colour”

  • working television system, first electronic colour television), Frank Whittle (co-invented the
  • the brightness and glory of colour, but exulting in a fierce
  • popular art magazine known as Colour, which was edited in Victoria
  • are highlighted in the relevant colour.
  • corals turning a dull white colour and some even fragmenting into
  • a light grey to fawn colour, fading quickly to white on
  • Individual hairs more than one colour in selfs.
  • that match to avoid a colour clash with the all-white colours
  • light yellow or red in colour.
  • FFA to block the proposed colour change.

(Examples are Wikipedia snippets under the CC ShareAlike 3.0 license.)

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