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Un aperitivo giallo


Borrowed from Old French jalne (variant of jaune), from Latin galbinus. Crime fiction sense derives from the yellow covers of cheap crime literature.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒal.lo/, [ˈd͡ʒälːo]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: giàl‧lo
  • Rhymes: -allo


giallo (feminine singular gialla, masculine plural gialli, feminine plural gialle)

  1. yellow
  2. (of a story) involving crimes and detective work
    Mistero giallo.
    Crime mystery.
    Racconti gialli.
    Whodunit tales.


giallo m (plural gialli)

  1. the colour yellow
  2. amber, yellow (traffic signals)
  3. mystery, (police) case
  4. detective fiction, detective novel, detective story; crime fiction; whodunit; pulp fiction

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Colors in Italian · colori (layout · text)
     bianco      grigio      nero
             rosso; cremisi              arancione; marrone              giallo; crema
             verde chiaro; limetta              verde              verde acqua, acquamarina; verde menta; verde menta scuro
             ciano, azzurro, celeste; blu petrolio, foglia di tè              azzurro; celeste; celeste scuro              blu
             violetto; indaco              magenta; viola              rosa; fucsia; porpora