[ in-kahr-nuh-dahyn, -din, -deen ]
/ ɪnˈkɑr nəˌdaɪn, -dɪn, -ˌdin /


blood-red; crimson.
flesh-colored; pale pink.


an incarnadine color.

verb (used with object), in·car·na·dined, in·car·na·din·ing.

to make incarnadine.

Origin of incarnadine

1585–95; < Middle French, feminine of incarnadin flesh-colored < Italian incarnatino, equivalent to incarnat(o) made flesh (see incarnate) + -ino -ine1; see carnation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for incarnadine

  • She ran quick with a little cry, and coming again, sat crowned, incarnadine in the blushing depths of the gold.

    The Purple Cloud|M.P. Shiel
  • When the incarnadine embers of sunrise glowed in the east, the Missourians stood on the battlements and surveyed their domain.

    The Missourian|Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • A labour-saving language has no business with such words as "incarnadine" or "multitudinous."

    International Language|Walter J. Clark
  • It will incarnadine the lily, and make you the happiest young lady in England, as you are the best.

    A Simpleton|Charles Reade

British Dictionary definitions for incarnadine


/ (ɪnˈkɑːnəˌdaɪn) archaic, or literary /


(tr) to tinge or stain with red


of a pinkish or reddish colour similar to that of flesh or blood

Word Origin for incarnadine

C16: from French incarnadin flesh-coloured, from Italian, from Late Latin incarnātus made flesh, incarnate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incarnadine


1590s (adj.) "flesh-colored," from French incarnadine, from dialectal Italian incarnadino "flesh-color," from Late Latin incarnatio (see incarnation). The verb properly would mean "to make flesh colored," but the modern meaning "make red," and the entire survival of the verb, is traceable to "Macbeth" II ii. (1605). Its direct root might be the noun incarnadine "blood-red; flesh-color," though this is not attested until 1620s.

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