- a purplish red.
Origin of magenta
- a town in N Italy, W of Milan: the French and Sardinians defeated the Austrians here 1859.
Examples from the Web for magenta
She looks like your typical granny—gray hair, wrinkles, dentures—and slowly stumbles about her apartment in a magenta tracksuit.‘My Granny The Escort’: Meet 85-Year-Old Sheila Vogel-Coupe, Britain’s Oldest Prostitute
June 3, 2014
She introduced the tiny jewel to Western audiences from behind a wash of magenta fringe.Indian-Inspired Bindis a Hot Trend in Winter Bling
Misty White Sidell
January 4, 2013
Clad in a magenta Marc Jacobs gown and RuPaul hair, Gaga has been anticipating it on Twitter all week.Lady Gaga Covers Vogue With RuPaul Hair; Kate Bosworth Engaged
The Daily Beast
August 9, 2012
Eventually, this short, louche novel that began with warmth and zest and cheekiness, wanders around aimlessly in magenta caftans.Gloria Vanderbilt Gets Kinky
June 23, 2009
Well, whether I paper or whether I don't, I've got some thoughts of a magenta sofy.Meadow Grass
Why have the fields of Magenta and Solferino been piled with the corpses of dying heroes?
Nevertheless, for Savile, she came downstairs in a magenta wrapper.The Twelfth Hour
All the same the magenta colour and the nine times nine did have their effect.
Ladies and gentlemen, again we bid you welcome to Magenta House.
- a deep purplish red that is the complementary colour of green and, with yellow and cyan, forms a set of primary colours
- (as adjective)a magenta filter
- another name for fuchsin
Word Origin and History for magenta
1860, in honor of the Battle of Magenta in Italy, where the French and Sardinians defeated the Austrians in 1859, which advanced the cause of Italian independence and fired the imagination of European liberals. The brilliant crimson aniline dye was discovered shortly after the battle. The town's name traces back to Roman general and emperor Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius (d.312), who supposedly had a headquarters here.