\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \

Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : outward appearance : view at first blush
2 : a reddening of the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion
3 : a red or rosy tint
4 : a cosmetic applied to the face to give a usually pink color or to accent the cheekbones


blushed; blushing; blushes

Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion
2 : to feel shame or embarrassment
3 : to have a rosy or fresh color : bloom

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Other Words from blush


blushful \ ˈbləsh-​fəl How to pronounce blushful (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for blush

Synonyms: Noun

bloom, color, flush

Synonyms: Verb

bloom, color, crimson, flush, glow, redden

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Examples of blush in a Sentence


The comment brought a blush to her cheeks. The fruit is yellow, with a blush of pink. She put on a little lipstick and blush.


He blushed at the compliment. I blush to admit it, but you've caught me in an error.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On top of that, picking pigments, like blush, bronzer, and highlighter, that will bring and blend it all together is another part of the process. Allure, "The Best Base Makeup of 2019: Concealers, Foundations, Highlighters, and More," 16 Sep. 2019 Although this year’s roster, at first blush, does not look quite as deep considering the offseason changes, expectations haven’t waned. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "Cup or bust (again)? Names change, but high expectations remain for Sharks," 12 Sep. 2019 In his latest film, South Terminal (Terminal Sud), Ameur-Zaïmeche gives us a dark and abstract political thriller that, at first blush, seems like a depiction of the long civil war that racked his native Algeria throughout the 1990s. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'South Terminal' ('Terminal Sud'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Corgis, at first blush, look like something went wrong in the design process. Rex Huppke,, "Column: Hundreds of corgis storm Oregon beach, offering moment of short-legged clarity," 12 Aug. 2019 So much so that most will give you three to four days worth of almost anything in stock — foundation, blush, bronzer, lipstick, lotion and perfume. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "A guide to products and services you didn’t know you could get free," 10 July 2019 After that, apply bronzer or blush to warm up your skin. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Exactly How You Should Order Your Daily Skincare and Makeup Routine," 29 Aug. 2018 The precocious cool-girl might favor a bright red lip, sure, while the goth girl favors a thick layer of black eyeshadow, but understated eyeliner, mascara, and blush are the usual go-tos. Rachel Lubitz,, "Lip Tattoos & Rhinestone Eyebrows: Inside The Wildest Makeup On Euphoria," 25 July 2019 Finally, pop a bit of blush onto the apples of your cheeks only — Ramos likes Nars in the color Orgas — and go easy on the amount. NBC News, "Mika's makeup artist: How to look ready to conquer the world in 10 minutes," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

La Marne, introduced in 1915, is a vigorous and almost thornless bush which seems constantly in flower with unique pink blooms blushed with white. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Polyantha roses are prolific bloomers and rugged survivors," 12 Sep. 2019 Now, the beloved brand is at it yet again — this time with single shadow versions of the aforementioned best-selling palette, as well as four brand-new pressed powder blushes. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Colourpop Just Launched Brand-New Zodiac Makeup in Collaboration With KathleenLights," 18 June 2019 If Catholics lose sight of that, the awfulness that has come to light about some of the people of the Church, at all levels of Catholic life, can cause what might seem at first blush a crisis of faith. George Weigel, WSJ, "A Crisis—but Not of Faith," 30 Aug. 2018 From elegant white coats to tartan prints and blush dresses, the duo has had some surprising twinning moments. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's West End Look Is Completely Different From Kate Middleton's," 29 Aug. 2018 After exchanging vows, Bateman and Corrigan headed to their reception, which featured breathtaking decor that included chandeliers, lush greenery, and white and blush florals by Butterfly Floral. Melody Chiu,, "Model Nick Bateman Weds Longtime Love Maria Corrigan in Romantic Malibu Celebration," 18 July 2019 Then Alondra becomes nervous again, blushing and quiet. Leila Atassi,, "Alondra Rivera’s Open Table visits her Christian after-school program and meets her ‘family of choice’: A Greater Cleveland," 12 June 2019 In a post made on Thursday, August 16, Reddit user Potato_Quesodilla shared a K-Beauty product that closely mimics Glossier's line of Cloud Paint gel blushes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Reddit Discovered a K-Beauty Dupe for Glossier’s Cloud Paint," 17 Aug. 2018 On Tinder, people blush more often, and on Facebook's trio of apps including WhatsApp and Instagram, people blow lots of kisses, Baidu found. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Happy World Emoji Day! These are the top 10 icons used this year on Facemoji," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of blush


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blush


Middle English, probably from blusshen


Middle English blusshen, from Old English blyscan to redden; akin to Old English blȳsa flame, Old High German bluhhen to burn brightly

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English Language Learners Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the red color that spreads over your face when you are ashamed, embarrassed, confused, etc.
: a slight red or pink color
US : a cream or powder that some people put on their cheeks to make their cheeks pink or reddish



English Language Learners Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become red in your face because you are ashamed, embarrassed, confused, etc.
: to be embarrassed


\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \
blushed; blushing

Kids Definition of blush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to become red in the face from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
2 : to feel ashamed or embarrassed … the explanation is one that I blush to have to offer you.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped


plural blushes

Kids Definition of blush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a reddening of the face from shame, confusion, or embarrassment
2 : a rosy color
\ ˈbləsh How to pronounce blush (audio) \

Medical Definition of blush

: to become red in the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion

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