[ vur-mil, -meyl or especially for 2, ver-mey ]
/ ˈvɜr mɪl, -meɪl or especially for 2, vərˈmeɪ /


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


/ (ˈvɜːmeɪl) /


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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