See also: Rosso and rósso





From Latin russus, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₁rewdʰ-. Cognate with Latin rosa.


  • IPA(key): /ˈ
  • Audio:(file)
  • Rhymes: -osso
  • Hyphenation: rós‧so



rosso (feminine rossa, masculine plural rossi, feminine plural rosse, diminutive rossétto m or rossétta f or rossìno m or rossìna f, pejorative rossàccio)

  1. red
  2. ginger, red (of hair)
    • c. 1795, Vincenzo Monti, Opere inedite e rare: di Vincenzo Monti[1], by Urbano Lampredi, published 1843, page 126:
      Costui, rosso di pel, Foscolo è detto
      He, of red hair, is called Foscolo
  3. (figurative) incandescent, red hot
    • mid 1300smid 1310s, Dante Alighieri, “Canto VIII”, in Inferno [Hell]‎[2], lines 73–75; republished as Giorgio Petrocchi, editor, La Commedia secondo l'antica vulgata [The Commedia according to the ancient vulgate]‎[3], 2nd revised edition, Florence: publ. Le Lettere, 1994:
      [] Ed ei mi disse: «Il foco etterno ¶ ch'entro l'affoca le dimostra rosse, ¶ come tu vedi in questo basso inferno».
      And he to me: "The fire eternal that kindles them within makes them look red, as thou beholdest in this nether Hell".



rosso m (plural rossi)

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it
  1. red (any of a range of colours/colors)
    • 1321, Dante Alighieri, La divina commedia: Inferno [The Divine Comedy: Hell], 12th edition (paperback), Le Monnier, published 1994, Canto X, page 158, lines 85–87:
      Ond' io a lui: «Lo strazio e 'l grande scempio ¶ che fece l'Arbia colorata in rosso, ¶ tal orazion fa far nel nostro tempio».
      Whence I to him: "The slaughter and great carnage ¶ which have with crimson stained the Arbia, cause ¶ such orisons in our temple to be made."
  2. any red pigment
  3. (metonymically, sometimes derogatory) a Socialist or Communist
  4. (heraldry) gules

Derived terms


See also

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