- a crimson or purplish-red color.
- a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.
Origin of carmine
Examples from the Web for carmine
Cooper and Renner are solid as the loose cannon Richie and the upstanding Carmine, respectively.‘American Hustle’: A Sexy, Gleefully Chaotic Caper Starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence
December 10, 2013
He went on: “We told her (Carmine) that Jacintha was admitted to hospital for blood pressure problems.”Tragic Kate Middleton Nurse Had Made Two Previous Suicide Attempts
December 24, 2012
Or Mr. Carmine, a Yonkers toupee-maker with a thick Italian accent and a (very) full head of gray hair.In ‘Mansome,’ Morgan Spurlock Takes On Modern Masculinity
April 27, 2012
But in the book, Father Carmine just has one unhealthy tabby cat.What's Real in The Rite
Seth Colter Walls
January 31, 2011
The Marchesino went to tell the coachman which way to drive to the Carmine.A Spirit in Prison
Her carmine lips vaticinated with an extraordinary rapidity.Under Western Eyes
Once had her mouth been as the bow of Eros, painted in carmine.A Book of Myths
Carmine caught on his thirty-five yards, made a short gain and was downed.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
They could only be of love; for he saw the carmine on her cheeks as she listened to them.The Free Lances
- a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
- (as adjective)carmine paint
- a pigment of this colour obtained from cochineal
Word Origin and History for carmine
1712, originally of the dyestuff, from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz "crimson" (see kermes). Form influenced in Latin by minium "red lead, cinnabar," a word said to be of Iberian origin. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799.
- A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.