[kahr-min, -mahyn]


a crimson or purplish-red color.
a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.

Nearby words

  1. carmen sylva,
  2. carmichael,
  3. carmichael, hoagy,
  4. carmichael, stokely,
  5. carminative,
  6. carminophil,
  7. carmustine,
  8. carn,
  9. carnaby street,
  10. carnac

Origin of carmine

1705–15; < French carmin (color), carmine (pigment), Old French; compare Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps blend of carmesīnum (see crimson) and minium minium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for carmine



  1. a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
  2. (as adjective)carmine paint
a pigment of this colour obtained from cochineal

Word Origin for carmine

C18: from Medieval Latin carmīnus, from Arabic qirmiz kermes

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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.

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Medicine definitions for carmine


[kärmĭn, -mīn′]


A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.

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