blush

noun
\ 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

blush

verb
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

Noun

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

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

That said, Paula Hian’s spring 2018 is all about saturated pastels — blush pink, lemony yellow, and grass green — A-line dresses in shrunken jackets with matching midi-skirts. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "Welcome to Paula Hian's King of Prussia pop-up | Elizabeth Wellington," 12 July 2018 She's chosen feminine dress silhouettes, and for her entire first month as a royal kept to a strict color palette of white, beige, and blush. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wears a Chic Black Suit on Her Second Day in Ireland," 11 July 2018 The website carries stories about why Markle has been wearing so many blush tones and where the Spanish princesses are going to summer camp. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "The royal wedding goosed Town & Country — Vanity Fair... not so much," 4 July 2018 Since her wedding, Meghan has stuck mostly to shades of white, cream, and blush pink during her official public outings and her Audi Polo look is no exception. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Gorgeous Shirt Dress to Watch Prince Harry Play Polo," 30 June 2018 Her asymmetrical look played up two of the biggest trends of the day: blush pink and architectural headpieces. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Every romantic, emotional moment from one heck of a royal wedding," 19 May 2018 Sporting an angelic blush-pink chiffon gown, Welch skipped, jumped and pranced side-to-side across the front row of the studio audience, twirling around as her fiery red hair spun along with her. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Florence + the Machine Prance & Spin Around 'Tonight Show' Audience For Enchanting 'Hunger' Performance: Watch," 17 May 2018 Pamer and DiPrima Morisse prefer yellows, greens and blush tones. Craving a breakfast gazpacho? Mia Adorante Christiansen, Bon Appetit, "5 Ways to Get Your Skin as Psyched About Spring as You Are," 3 May 2018 The Boppy Teething Scarf is available in gray and white stripes, a heathered black and gray, a black and white pattern of circles and squares, or a solid blush pink. Judi Dash, latimes.com, "Fashionable, versatile and safe: what every traveler needs," 26 Mar. 2018

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The Nike BeTrue Zoom Fly, with its blushing lavender toebox, matching racing stripe, small rainbow patch on the back, is proof that more thoughtful Pride collections can exist. Cam Wolf, GQ, "The Rules of the Gym, According to the Hot Dudes of ‘Insecure’," 21 June 2018 The Frenchman would somehow head wide, sparing the Londoners' blushes with just eight minutes of regulation time to go. SI.com, "Chelsea 1-0 Man Utd: Eden Hazard's 1st-Half Penalty Gives Blues FA Cup Final Win at Wembley," 19 May 2018 Makeup Geek Born from her popular YouTube channel, Makeup Geek founder Marlena Stell used her passion for makeup to develop a huge assortment of eye shadows, highlighters, bronzers, blushes and more for all. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Target's Beauty Aisle Added 8 Makeup Brands for Medium to Deep Skin Tones: Learn More Here," 18 Apr. 2018 In the living room, hanging acrylic chairs blush with Mongolian lamb pelts, and on the walls, the giveaway: portraits of the resident with Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin—her parents. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Delilah Belle Hamlin's Luxurious Dorm Room is a Tribeca Apartment," 28 June 2018 Meet the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette, a brazen double-duty eye shadow and blush palette that totally captures Urban Decay's badass attitude combined with the brand's penchant for making really pretty palette color schemes. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Urban Decay Launches New Backtalk Palette for Sassy Eyes And Cheeks," 13 Feb. 2018 When selecting mangoes, look for fruit with unblemished, yellow skin blushed with red. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Mango gazpacho is a sweet spin on a classic summer soup," 17 June 2018 Her stash of foundations, primers, highlighters, blushes, and bronzers alone is worth a cool $9,584. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Beauty Blogger Michaela Podolsky Added Up Exactly How Much Her Beauty Stash Costs," 29 June 2018 American officials may be keen to spare Mr Trump’s blushes in front of protesters. The Economist, "London gives a warm, orange welcome to Donald Trump," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of blush

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blush

Noun

Middle English, probably from blusshen

Verb

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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blusher

blushing

blush rose

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blush

noun

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

blush

verb

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

blush

verb
\ 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

blush

noun
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 \

Medical Definition of blush 

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

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