4 Ways to Say “Black” in Japanese (Translations & Kanji)


4 Ways to Say Black in Japanese - Translations & Kanji - Meaning Kuro 黒 Kuroi 黒い

I have written this blog post for you to teach you the best ways to sayblack” in Japanese. There are 4 words forblack” and the “color black” that are frequently used in Japanese and I will tell you their real meaning, English translations, their kanji, as well as when and how to use them.

Kuro (黒, くろ) is the Japanese word and kanji for the color black, while kuroi (黒い, くろい) is an adjective meaning “black”. As an alternative, the words kuroiro (黒色, くろいろ) and burakku (ブラック) can be used to say “black” in Japanese.

Read on, if you want to know all the details about the 4 Japanese words forblack“. After that, you can also learn how to saypitch black” and “jet blackin Japanese. At the end of this post you will find a useful list with translations and kanji for popular words such as “black cat“, “black demon“, “black clover“, and “black dragon“.

How to Say “Black” in Japanese

How to Say Black in Japanese - Kuro Kuroi Burakku
How to Say “Black” in Japanese
  • kuro – 黒
  • kuroi – 黒い
  • kuroiro – 黒色
  • kokushoku – 黒色
  • burakku – ブラック

1. Kuro – Means “Black” or “Black Color” in Japanese

Kuro (黒, くろ) is a basic Japanese noun and kanji that means “black“, but it can also be translated into English as “black color“. The noun is used when talking about the color “black” in Japanese and is also used in many words such as “black cat” (kuroneko) or “black dog” (kuroi inu).

kuro

black
black color

2. Kuroi – Adjective for “Black” in Japanese

Kuroi (黒い, くろい) is a Japanese i-adjective that translates into English as “black“. However, it has a couple of other meanings including “dark“, “blackish“, “suspicious“, and “evil“. The adjective can be put before nouns to say things like “black dog” (kuroi inu) or “black jeans” (kuroi jiinzu).

kuroi
黒い
black
dark
blackish
suspicious
evil

3. Kuroiro – Means “Black Color” or “Black Colour”

Kuroiro (黒色, くろいろ) is another word forblack“, “black color“, or “black colour” in Japanese. It consists of the kanji for “black”, which is 黒 (kuro), and the kanji for “color”, which is 色 (iro).

kuroiro
黒色
black color
black colour

An alternative reading for the word 黒色 (kuroiro) is “kokushoku“.

kokushoku
黒色
black color
black colour

4. Burakku – English Loanword for “Black”

Burakku (ブラック) is an English loanword for “black” or the “color black“. While it can be used to talk about colors with your Japanese friends and colleagues, it is commonly found in video games, anime, and manga to give a cool-sounding name to places, monsters, and/or heroes.

burakku
ブラック
black

How to Say “Pitch Black” in Japanese

Pitch Black in Japanese - Makkuro Makkuroi
How to Say “Pitch Black” in Japanese

The most commonly used words to say “pitch black” in Japanese are the noun and na-adjective makkuro (真っ黒, まっくろ) and the i-adjective makkuroi (真っ黒い, まっくろい). The English loanword picchi burakku (ピッチブラック) is less frequently used in daily conversations.

  • makkuro – 真っ黒
  • makkuroi – 真っ黒い
  • makkuroke – 真っ黒け
  • picchi burakku – ピッチブラック

1. Makkuro – Japanese Noun for “Pitch Black”

Makkuro (真っ黒, まっくろ) is a Japanese noun and na-adjective that means “pitch black“. The word can be used to form the sentence “It was pitch black” (Makkuro datta, 真っ黒だった) or to refer to a pitch black object by adding na (な) before the noun. Makkuro na kuruma (真っ黒な車) means “pitch black car“.

makkuro
真っ黒
pitch black (noun)

2. Makkuroi – Japanese Adjective for “Pitch Black”

Makkuroi (真っ黒い, まっくろい) also translates as “pitch black” but it is an i-adjective. That means it can directly be added before a noun to say things like “pitch black car“, which is makkuroi kuruma (真っ黒い車) or “pitch black sun“, which translates into Japanese as makkuroi taiyou (真っ黒い太陽).

makkuroi
真っ黒い
pitch black (adjective)

3. Makkuroke – Means “Pitch Black” or “Completely Black”

Makkuroke (真っ黒け, まっくろけ) is another Japanese word and na-adjective for “pitch black” that also translates as “completely black“. However, compared to makkuro (真っ黒) and makkuroi (真っ黒い) it is less often used.

makkuroke
真っ黒け
pitch black
completely black

4. Picchi Burakku – English Loanword for “Pitch Black”

There is also an English loanword for “pitch black“, which is picchi burakku (ピッチブラック). However, in a real conversation, native speaker would rather use one of the original Japanese words forpitch black” like makkuroi (真っ黒い) instead of the English loanword.

picchi burakku
ピッチブラック
pitch black

Different Shades of the Color Black in Japanese

ink blacksumiiro墨色
jet blacknurebairo
shikkoku
jetto burakku
濡れ羽色
漆黒
ジェット・ブラック
midnight blackmiddonaito burakkuミッドナイトブラック
deep blackkuroguro
kuroraka
黒々、黒黒
黒らか
pitch blackmakkuro
picchi burakku
真っ黒
ピッチブラック
Japanese Words for Different Shades of Black

Japanese Translations & Kanji for Words With “Black”

black catkuroneko
kuroi neko
黒猫
黒い猫
black cloverburakku kuroobaaブラッククローバー
black dragonkokuryuu黒竜
黒龍
black pantherkurohyou
burakku pansaa
黒豹
ブラックパンサー
black demonkurooni黒鬼
black wolfkuroookami
kuroi ookami
黒狼
黒い狼
black and whitekuro to shiro黒と白
black bearkuroi kuma黒い熊
black flamekuroi honoo 黒い炎
black rosekuroi bara黒いバラ
black deathkokushibyou黒死病
black lightningkuroi inazuma黒い稲妻
black moonkuroi tsuki黒い月
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