bleu

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French bleu, from Old French blöe, bleve, blef (blue), from Frankish *blāo (blue), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰléh₁-, *bʰlh₁-, *bʰleh₁- (yellow, grey, blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (to shine). Cognate with Old High German blāo (blue) (German blau), Dutch blauw (blue), Old English blāw (blue). More at blue.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bleu (feminine singular bleue, masculine plural bleus, feminine plural bleues)

  1. blue
    Le ciel est bleu.The sky is blue.
  2. (of meat) very rare, underdone

Noun[edit]

bleu m (plural bleus)

  1. the color blue
  2. blue cheese
    Le bleu ressemble au roquefortBlue cheese looks like Roquefort
  3. rookie, new recruit, raw recruit
    Ce soldat est un vrai bleuThis soldier is a real rookie
  4. bruise
    Il est tombé, et maintenant il a un bleuHe fell over and now he has a bruise
  5. (billiards, snooker) billiard chalk
  6. (Canada) a supporter of the Conservative Party

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Colors in French · couleurs (layout · text)
     blanc      gris      noir      brun
             rose              rouge, cramoisi              orange              jaune, crème
             vert citron              vert              {{{mint green}}}, {{{dark green}}}              cyan, bleu canard
             azur              bleu              violet, indigo              magenta, pourpre

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Ligurian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Low Frankish *blāo.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bleu m (uncountable)

  1. blue (color)

Adjective[edit]

bleu (invariable)

  1. blue
    No gh'ò ciù de lâpi bleu.I don't have any more blue pencils.

Middle French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French blöe, bleve, blef (blue), from Low Frankish *blāo (blue), from Proto-Germanic *blēwaz (blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhlēw-, *bhlāw- (yellow, grey, blue), from Proto-Indo-European *bhel- (to shine). Cognate with Old High German blāo (blue) (German blau), Dutch blauw (blue), Old English blāw (blue). More at blue.

Adjective[edit]

bleu m (feminine singular bleue, masculine plural bleus, feminine plural bleues)

  1. blue

Noun[edit]

bleu m (plural bleus)

  1. blue

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bleu (blue).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bleu m, f, n (invariable)

  1. light blue

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Noun[edit]

bleu n (plural bleu-uri)

  1. light blue

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French bleu (blue).

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

  1. light blue