or ver·mil·lion

[ ver-mil-yuh n ]
/ vərˈmɪl yən /


a brilliant scarlet red.
a bright-red, water-insoluble pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide, once obtained from cinnabar, now usually produced by the reaction of mercury and sulfur.


of the color vermilion.

verb (used with object)

to color with or as if with vermilion.

Origin of vermilion

1250–1300; Middle English vermilioun, vermillon < Anglo-French, Old French verm(e)illon, equivalent to vermeil vermeil + -on noun suffix

Definition for vermilion (2 of 2)

[ ver-mil-yuh n ]
/ vərˈmɪl yən /


a town in N Ohio. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vermilion



/ (vəˈmɪljən) /


  1. a bright red to reddish-orange colour
  2. (as adjective)a vermilion car
mercuric sulphide, esp when used as a bright red pigment; cinnabar

Word Origin for vermilion

C13: from Old French vermeillon, from vermeil
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