Cardinal is a vivid red, which may get its name from the cassocks worn by Catholic cardinals (although the color worn by cardinals is scarlet).
Hex triplet #C41E3A
RGB (r, g, b) (196, 30, 58)
CMYK (c, m, y, k) (0, 85, 70, 23)
HSV (h, s, v) (350°, 85%, 77%)
The first recorded use of cardinal as a color name in English was in the year 1698.
Cardinal in other color systems
The corresponding Pantone Matching System (PMS) color is 200, as seen in the school colors for Wisconsin, Arizona and Wesleyan, and as one of the two official colors of the Phi Kappa Psi and Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternities and the only official color of the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi. However, Stanford’s, M.I.T.´s, and U.S.C.´s PMS color is 201, while Carnegie Mellon and Worcester Polytechnic Institute use PMS 187, Brown University uses PMS 192, Iowa State University uses PMS 186, and Ball State University uses PMS 199.
The hex triplet for the web-safe version of the color is #CC2233.
Stanford University Cardinal
Hex triplet #8C1515
RGB (r, g, b) (140, 21, 21)
CMYK (c, m, y, k) (0, 100, 65, 32)
HSV (h, s, v) (144°, 95.9%, 75.7%)
University of Southern California (USC) Cardinal
Hex triplet #990000
RGB (r, g, b) (153, 27, 30)
CMYK (c, m, y, k) (7, 100, 65, 32)
HSV (h, s, v) (0°, 100%, 60%)
Fresno State Cardinal
Hex triplet #C41230
RGB (r, g, b) (196, 18, 48)
CMYK (c, m, y, k) (0, 100, 79, 20)
HSV (h, s, v) (350°, 90.8%, 76.9%)