- vermilion red.
- metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.
- of the color vermilion.
Origin of vermeil
Examples from the Web for vermeil
He marvelled greatly, for he saw her, vermeil and white, as he had known her in life.
She was richly dressed in a kirtle of vermeil silk, broidered with gold, and her mantle was worth the spoil of a king's castle.
In 1840, Mademoiselle Malvesin offered to conduct it; her letter to Vermeil, and his to her, crossing each other.The College, the Market, and the Court
Caroline H. Dall
Mrs. Phox ensorcelled George with her beautiful, silly phace, shadowed with vermeil tinct and trimly pencilled.
Where were the vermeil blooms, the liquid, expressive eyes, the harmonious limbs of Animula?The Diamond Lens
- gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
- (as adjective)vermeil shoes
Word Origin and History for vermeil
"bright-red;" c.1400, from Anglo-French and Old French vermail (11c. in Old French), from Late Latin vermiculus "a little worm," specifically, the cochineal insect from which crimson dyes were obtained (cf. kermes), in classical Latin, "larva of an insect, grub, maggot," diminutive of vermis "worm" (see worm (n.)). As an adjective from 1580s.