crimson

[ krim-zuh n, -suh n ]
/ ˈkrɪm zən, -sən /

adjective

deep purplish-red.

noun

a crimson color, pigment, or dye.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become crimson.

Nearby words

  1. crimogenic,
  2. crimp,
  3. crimple,
  4. crimplene,
  5. crimpy,
  6. crimson clover,
  7. crimson flag,
  8. crimsonly,
  9. crine,
  10. cringe

Origin of crimson

1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cremesīnusArabic qirmizī (qirmiz kermes + suffix of appurtenance) + Latin -īnus -ine1; see cramoisy

Related formscrim·son·ly, adverbcrim·son·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for crimson

crimson

/ (ˈkrɪmzən) /

noun

  1. a deep or vivid red colour
  2. (as adjective)a crimson rose

verb

to make or become crimson
(intr) to blush
Derived Formscrimsonness, noun

Word Origin for crimson

C14: from Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic qirmizi red of the kermes, from qirmiz kermes

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