\ ˈbləsh \

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 \ 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

Radamel Falcao's blushes were then spared by the offside flag, as his free header resulting from a free kick ballooned over the crossbar from ten yards out., "Senegal 0-1 Colombia: Lethal Los Cafeteros Edge Into Last 16 as Cissé's Side Crash Out on Fair Play," 28 June 2018 The idea of a car capable of 1,000mph might sound ludicrous at first blush, but consider Noble's credentials. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Bloodhound SSC: How do you build a car capable of 1,000mph?," 24 Nov. 2018 Jenner is dropping a three-pan face palette with a blush, highlighter, and perfecting powder. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 At first blush the fast-food company—spun out of Yum Brands back in 2016—has turned down a satisfying meal. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Yum China Bidders May Come Back for Seconds," 29 Aug. 2018 At first blush, this sounds like a great idea—more options! Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "WireGuard VPN review: A new type of VPN offers serious advantages," 26 Aug. 2018 With skin as incandescent as the Duchess's, though, all focus was bound to fall on her ever-smiling face—but a bit of blush never hurt anyone. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Plays Up Her Pregnancy Glow With This Easy Makeup Trick," 30 Oct. 2018 The Princess of York tasked Zac Posen with her second dress, a custom gown in what appears to be a soft shade of blush, rather than bridal white. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Details of Eugenie's Second Wedding Dress–Compared to Meghan Markle's," 14 Oct. 2018 Getty Images Since her wedding in May, Meghan has stuck mostly to shades of white, cream, and blush pink during official public appearances. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Wore Pants in Public for the First Time Since the Royal Wedding," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chinese controllers can thus squeeze out the minority on terms that would make American controllers blush. Jesse M. Fried And Matthew Schoenfeld, WSJ, "Will China Cheat American Investors?," 13 Dec. 2018 Gigi Hadid also shared her support for the photo, leaving a blushing emoji in the comments. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Cutest Social Media Moments So Far," 1 June 2018 The film festival is all about the bellini: a mix of blushing pink peach juice and sparkling wine, first invented here in Venice in the 30s by the barman at Harry’s Bar. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Navigating Venice During the Film Festival," 28 Aug. 2018 Kjaer Weis cream blushes, RMS Living Luminizer and Reverie Milk. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "3 Skincare Experts on Their Favorite Things," 23 Aug. 2018 But think about something like blushing from embarrassment, or turning red from anger. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Could Improving Your Mental Health Improve Your Skin?," 9 July 2018 The 18-year-old was wart of Ronald Koeman's squad that snatched a 1-1 draw against Italy on Monday, with defensive partner Nathan Ake scoring a late goal to spare the Netherlands' blushes at Juventus Stadium., "Juventus Close in on Matthijs de Ligt After Defender Visits Turin on International Duty," 6 June 2018 The most common symptoms are facial redness, ranging from minor flushing or blushing to red bumps that look like pimples. Terri Akman,, "New ways to deal with rosacea, a skin disease with a deeper impact," 30 May 2018 There are plenty of other gorgeous $10-or-under blushes to be had, however. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Milani's Rose Powder Blush Has Been Saved 29,000 Times on Pinterest — and It Only Costs $6," 18 Feb. 2018

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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

: 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 \
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
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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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