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This box shows the color gray.

Gray or grey is the color of black and white mixed together.

Gray is the color of an elephant, cement, pencil writing, and rainy clouds. Gray often looks like someone made black lighter, but not so light that it is white.

Grey color represents neutrality and balance.

In the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Ireland, and New Zealand, as well as a few other countries, this word is spelled grey. In the United States, it is spelled gray.

The first recorded use of gray as a color name in English was in 700. [1]

Meaning of gray

  • The color gray represents pessimism; its opposite, optimism, is represented by the color rose. It also represents metal.

Shades of gray colour comparison chart

The chart below shows those shades of gray that are major web colours.

HTML Colour Name Sample Hex triplet
(rendered by name) (rendered by hex triplet)
gainsboro #DCDCDC
lightgray #D3D3D3
silver #C0C0C0
darkgray #A9A9A9
gray #808080
dimgray #696969
lightslategray #778899
slategray #708090
darkslategray #2F4F4F
Warm gray Cool gray
Mixed with 6% yellow. Mixed with 6% blue.

Related pages


  1. Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196