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Hex triplet#808080
sRGBB (r, g, b)(128, 128, 128)
CMYKH (c, m, y, k)(0, 0, 0, 50)
HSV (h, s, v)(0°, 0%, 50%)
CIELChuv (L, C, h)(54, 0, 0°)
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Grey (British English) or gray (American English) is an intermediate color between black and white. It is a neutral or achromatic color, meaning literally that it is "without color", because it can be composed of black and white.[2] It is the color of a cloud-covered sky, of ash and of lead.[3]

The first recorded use of grey as a color name in the English language was in 700 CE.[4] Grey is the dominant spelling in European and Commonwealth English. Gray has been the preferred spelling in American English.

In Europe and North America, surveys show that grey is the color most commonly associated with neutrality, conformity, boredom, uncertainty, old age, indifference, and modesty. Only one percent of respondents chose it as their favorite color.[5]

  1. ^ "W3C TR CSS3 Color Module, HTML4 color keywords". Archived from the original on November 30, 2010.
  2. ^ Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language, Third College Edition.
  3. ^ Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition, 2002.
  4. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196
  5. ^ Heller, Eva, Psychologie de la Couleur, p. 224-242

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