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Difference Between Colour and Color

Colour vs Color

Colour and Color are two words that are often confused when it comes to their spelling. They do not differ in their meanings though. The spelling for the American word ‘color’ is ‘colour’ in the United Kingdom. This is the main difference between the two words.

In other words it can be said that the word ‘color’ is used in the sense of ‘tint’ or ‘paint’ and the spelling is chiefly used in the United States of America. On the other hand, the word ‘colour’ also means ‘tint’ or ‘paint’ and the spelling is used in the United Kingdom and a few other countries as well that have the influence of the British way of writing.

Take a look at the two sentences given below:

1. Francis likes the color of blue.

2. There are five colors in the flag.

In both the sentences, the word ‘color’ is used in the sense of ‘tint’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘Francis likes the tint of blue’, and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘there are five tints in the flag’.

On the other hand, observe the two sentences:

1. The colour of her garment was black.

2. Angela wore a red-coloured dress.

In both the sentences, the word ‘colour’ is used in the sense of ‘tint’ and hence, the meaning of the first sentence would be ‘the tint of her garment was black’ and the meaning of the second sentence would be ‘Angela wore a red-tinted dress’. Apart from this there is not much of a difference between the two words.

It is important to know that the word ‘color’ has its adjectival form in the word ‘colorful’ and the adverbial form in the word ‘colored’. These are the differences between the words colour and color.


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