- a brilliant scarlet red.
- a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.
- of the color vermilion.
- to color with or as if with vermilion.
Origin of vermilion
1250–1300; Middle English vermilioun, vermillon < Anglo-French, Old French verm(e)illon, equivalent to vermeil vermeil + -on noun suffix
- a town in N Ohio.
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Examples from the Web for vermilion
Her mouth, the vermilion of her lips, and her ivory teeth were all perfect.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Her lips, like bits of vermilion paper, stared as from an idol's face.Erik Dorn
They will work, as I have seen, with wax hardened with vermilion or softened with lard.On the Origin of Species
Her vermilion colour had faded, and left her face deadly white.For the Sake of the School
The lead is what gives the inside of the trough its vermilion color.The Story of Glass
Sara Ware Bassett
- a bright red to reddish-orange colour
- (as adjective)a vermilion car
- mercuric sulphide, esp when used as a bright red pigment; cinnabar
C13: from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil
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Word Origin and History for vermilion
late 13c., "cinnabar, red dye," from Anglo-French and Old French vermeillon, from vermeil (see vermeil). As an adjective, from 1580s.
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