blush

noun
\ 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

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 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

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

For her part, Maxwell artfully arranged her blonde lengths into a messy fishtail braid, which was swung to one side and accented by light pink makeup hues, from her rosy blush to a glossy wet lip. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Irina Shayk and Stella Maxwell Do Holiday BFF Beauty Like True Supermodels," 13 Dec. 2018 Similar to building your blush, Beautyblenders can also be used to build up a highlight. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Is Everything You Can (and Should) Use a Beautyblender For," 11 Oct. 2018 The spectrum of hues was incredibly broad—from the pale blush of a rose petal to shocking tones that would have made Elsa Schiaparelli proud—and thus attractive to a wide spectrum of women. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "5 Takeaways From Spring 2019 Couture," 26 Jan. 2019 Specifically, Posen chose the pink color to reflect the blush of an English rose. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Zac Posen Shares Photo of Princess Eugenie's Wedding Reception Dress from the Back," 16 Nov. 2018 Its absurd statistics would make the most crooked accountant blush from shame. WSJ, "Refugee Status Is Keeping Palestinians in Exile," 10 July 2018 The big hair, the crunchy bangs, the blue eyeshadow, the balls-to-the-walls blush: The era was all about more is more is more. Djuna Bel, Glamour, "It's Time to Give '80s Beauty Another Shot," 28 June 2018 Superstar striker Robert Lewandowski’s impact on the match was remote, and a late Grzegorz Krychowiak strike was not enough to spare the blushes of Adam Nawalka’s side. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Poland vs Columbia - Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 23 June 2018 According to the manufacturer, the blush adds color without creating an artificial made up look. Sabine Morrow, ajc, "Where can I find it?," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Fall 2019 offered a few standout options for daring brides: Vera Wang’s ice-blue tulle number and jet-jeweled bra was a bold departure from bridal white, ditto Marchesa’s first-ever blush pink gown. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 That's silly, of course, seeing as the company has launched Kylighters, eyeshadow palettes, blushes, concealers, and more—and is on track to be a billion dollar company by the time Jenner turns 21. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Stepped Out With Smaller Lips and She Looks Great," 23 July 2018 First, Shevchenko levelled with just three minutes to go, before Lampard's stoppage time header squeezed over the line to spare the Blues blushes, sending the holders through to the last eight. SI.com, "Chelsea vs Leicester Preview: Classic Encounter, Recent Form, Team News & More," 12 Jan. 2018 Conversely, no one needed to be printed in a magazine to be considered an authority on the newest foundations, blushes, and bronzers. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Laura Lee, Jeffree Star, and the racism scandal upending the YouTube beauty community, explained," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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
US : 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 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

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 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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