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

Synonyms for blush

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of blush in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb 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 The royal responded to the blush-inducing praise by reminded the young fan that he's taken. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Had the Cutest Response to a Young Fan Who Flirted with Him," 3 Nov. 2019 Talc is an ingredient used in many cosmetic products, such as baby powder and blush. Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, "New lab tests didn't find asbestos in recalled baby powder, Johnson & Johnson says," 29 Oct. 2019 Browse through the Crocs' vast color selection, which includes lavender, teal, and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "The best gifts for teenage girls of 2019," 22 Oct. 2019 Artisan Angela Giaimo will show you how to make up with those misbegotten eye shadows, forgotten lipsticks and too-bold blushes. Joan Rusek, cleveland, "Take a hike and enjoy all the colors of fall: Valley Views," 30 Sep. 2019 But face makeup and blush and shading and everything like that? Amy Kaufmanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Linda Ronstadt on the sound of her life," 5 Sep. 2019 Rachael created bouquets of soft, David Austin–style roses in shades of blush, peach, nude, and soft yellow to match the Needle and Thread bridesmaids dresses. Vogue, "An Intimate Wedding Under the Fairy Lights at a Château in the Loire Valley," 21 Nov. 2019 At first blush, the record seems to contradict the declines in international enrollment. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Study finds fewer foreign undergraduates in U.S. colleges — the first drop in 13 years," 18 Nov. 2019 At first blush, however, locals don’t seem too keen on the idea. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "City Council split on sales tax measure that could harm LCUSD parcel tax effort," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Awkward, chubby, and wearing a pair of oversized glasses, the boy blushed in mortification as the teacher mangled his Greek name of Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. Jancee Dunn, Washington Post, "Andrew Ridgeley reminisces about George Michael and the meteoric rise of Wham!," 9 Oct. 2019 Here are some popular varieties recommended by Threadgill and available online at Apple Blossom: This variety has huge white blooms blushed with rose pink, and light green throats Ferrari: Known for big, bright red flowers. Karen Dardick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trumpet-shaped amaryllis is big, beautiful and easy to grow," 26 Sep. 2019 Like glistening human candy, their skin shines a glossy pink, their cheeks blush rose and their hair radiates sunny yellow. Leah Ollman,, "Ruby Neri sculpts flamboyant, fearless, nakedly female figures," 7 June 2019 Kylie Cosmetics' product lineup now includes many colors, and the product assortment has expanded to include items such as lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliner, blushes, bronzers, highlighters, concealers, and makeup brushes. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Coty Becomes Majority Owner of Kylie Jenner’s Beauty Company for $600 Million," 18 Nov. 2019 From the open valley of the Río Chaschuil, the road suddenly plunged into narrow defiles where the rock was blushed with surreal mineral colors—crimson, verdigris, malachite, violet. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "From Buenos Aires to the Chilean Coast: A Road Trip Across South America," 22 Aug. 2019 Skarsgard said, laughing uncomfortably and blushing a little. Kathryn Shattuck, New York Times, "There Are Worse Roles Than the Seducer. Ask Alexander Skarsgard.," 18 Oct. 2019 Expect a level of cronyism that would make Central Europeans blush to contemplate. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Why Isn’t Macron an Illiberal Pinup?," 26 Sep. 2019 Every one of us has a running list of embarrassing moments that keep us awake at night silently blushing into our pillows and regretting the day we were born. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Ghosted James Charles on Instagram DM and It's SO Awkward," 29 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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The first known use of blush was in the 14th century

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10 Dec 2019

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“Blush.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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

Other Words from blush

blush noun

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