red or reddish; ruddy: a rubicund complexion.

Nearby words

  1. rubeosis,
  2. rubeosis iridis diabetica,
  3. rubescent,
  4. rubiaceous,
  5. rubicon,
  6. rubidium,
  7. rubidium-strontium dating,
  8. rubied,
  9. rubify,
  10. rubiginous

Origin of rubicund

1495–1505; < Latin rubicundus, akin to ruber red1

Related formsru·bi·cun·di·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rubicund



of a reddish colour; ruddy; rosy
Derived Formsrubicundity (ˌruːbɪˈkʌndɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for rubicund

C16: from Latin rubicundus, from rubēre to be ruddy, from ruber red

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Word Origin and History for rubicund



"inclining to redness," c.1500, from Middle French rubicond (14c.), or directly from Latin rubicundus, from rubere "to be red," from ruber "red" (see red (adj.1)). Related: Rubicundity.

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