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1crimson

noun crim·son \ˈkrim-zən\

: a deep purplish-red color

Full Definition of CRIMSON

:  any of several deep purplish reds

Origin of CRIMSON

Middle English crimisin, from Old Spanish cremesín, from Arabic qirmizī, from qirmiz kermes
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

2crimson

adjective

Definition of CRIMSON

:  of the color crimson

First Known Use of CRIMSON

15th century

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

3crimson

verb

Definition of CRIMSON

transitive verb
:  to make crimson
intransitive verb
:  to become crimson; especially :  blush

Examples of CRIMSON

  1. <he crimsoned the minute he realized the foolishness of what he'd said>

First Known Use of CRIMSON

1601

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion
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