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crimson

[krim-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈkrɪm zən, -sən/
adjective
1.
deep purplish-red.
noun
3.
a crimson color, pigment, or dye.
verb (used with or without object)
4.
to make or become crimson.
Origin of crimson
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cremesīnusArabic qirmizī (qirmiz kermes + suffix of appurtenance) + Latin -īnus -ine1; see cramoisy
Related forms
crimsonly, adverb
crimsonness, noun
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  • At the top was crimson, at the right hand blue, and at the left hand yellow.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "Yes," said George, and he nodded; but his face was red as crimson.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Nearby, in a hall with crimson hangings, there was music and dancing.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • Before Hetty had finished her sentence, her face was crimson.

  • In a few moments this had changed to crimson; brow and cheeks were glowing with it.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for crimson

crimson

/ˈkrɪmzən/
noun
1.
  1. a deep or vivid red colour
  2. (as adjective): a crimson rose
verb
2.
to make or become crimson
3.
(intransitive) to blush
Derived Forms
crimsonness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic qirmizi red of the kermes, from qirmizkermes
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Word Origin and History for crimson
n.

early 15c., "deep red color," from Old Spanish cremesin "of or belonging to the kermes" (the shield-louse insects from which a deep red dye was obtained), from Medieval Latin cremesinus (see kermes). For similar transfer of the dye word to generic use for "red," cf. Old Church Slavonic čruminu, Russian čermnyj "red," from the same source.

v.

c.1600, from crimson (n.). Related: Crimsoned; crimsoning.

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