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or cram·oi·sie

[kram-oi-zee, -uh-zee]Archaic.
  1. crimson.
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  1. crimson cloth.
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Origin of cramoisy

1375–1425; < French cramoisi, earlier crameisi < Spanish carmesí < Arabic qirmizī, equivalent to qirmiz kermes + -ī- suffix of appurtenance; replacing late Middle English cremesye < Italian cremisi < Arabic, as above
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Examples from the Web for cramoisy

Historical Examples

  • Her great keirle, which was of cramoisy stitched with Cyprian gold, and covered her from head to foot, for it was an ample cloak.

    Flemish Legends

    Charles de Coster

  • Another article of Samarkand trade, carried to all sides and quarters, is cramoisy velvet.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • The original printer was sometimes careless,—Cramoisy especially so,—and his proof-reader negligent.

  • The archers and halberdiers of his bodyguard were magnificent in taffety and feathers and surcoats of cramoisy velvet.

  • Item ung autre de drap dor sur blanc & cramoisy mespartez de troys.

British Dictionary definitions for cramoisy



  1. of a crimson colour
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  1. crimson cloth
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French cramoisi, from Arabic qirmizī red obtained from kermes; see crimson, kermes
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