alizarin crimson


Definition of alizarin crimson

: rose madder sense 2b Orr often primes her canvases with lead white, which she says creates a luminosity underneath the paint. She uses small sable brushes and a palette that includes titanium white, … alizarin crimson, … and yellow ochre.— M. Stephen Doherty, American Artist, December 1992

First Known Use of alizarin crimson

1893, in the meaning defined above

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Buying Guide

Play with color with paint by number kits for adults selected by our Reviews team.

Learn More About alizarin crimson

Time Traveler for alizarin crimson

Time Traveler

The first known use of alizarin crimson was in 1893

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near alizarin crimson


alizarin crimson

alizarine blue

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for alizarin crimson

Cite this Entry

“Alizarin crimson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!