[ 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. 2020

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
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