[vur-mil, -meyl or especially for 2, ver-mey]


vermilion red.
metal, as silver or bronze, that has been gilded.


of the color vermilion.

Origin of vermeil

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin vermiculus kermes (insect and dye), Latin: larva, grub; see vermicule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vermeil



gilded silver, bronze, or other metal, used esp in the 19th century
  1. vermilion
  2. (as adjective)vermeil shoes

Word Origin for vermeil

C15: from Old French, from Late Latin vermiculus insect (of the genus Kermes) or the red dye prepared from it, from Latin: little worm
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Word Origin and History for vermeil

"bright-red;" c.1400, from Anglo-French and Old French vermail (11c. in Old French), from Late Latin vermiculus "a little worm," specifically, the cochineal insect from which crimson dyes were obtained (cf. kermes), in classical Latin, "larva of an insect, grub, maggot," diminutive of vermis "worm" (see worm (n.)). As an adjective from 1580s.

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