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 blush (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 For instance, Ulta has been promoting its GLAMlab, a virtual try-on tool for items like eye shadow, foundation, eyelashes, and blush. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Ulta Beauty is using tech to spur in-store shopping during the pandemic," 4 Dec. 2020 Available in berry or blush themes, the lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss work together in harmony or add their own flair when worn alone. Sarah Han, Allure, "The 9 Best Beauty Deals from MAC's Cyber Monday Sale," 30 Nov. 2020 As such, each girl donned the disco-beauty uniform: Lids washed in an iridescent cornflower shadow, cheeks draped in hot pink blush, and lips slicked with bright fuchsia lip gloss. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Leave It to Tom Ford to Serve Up Full-Fledged Disco Beauty," 17 Sep. 2020 Fett and the two women don’t get along well at first blush, so there’s a bit of barroom brawling and an exchange of flamethrower blasts. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "'The Mandalorian' recap: ‘The Rescue’," 19 Dec. 2020 Once vividly painted, the work still bears traces of pigments, including a rosy blush on the cheeks and red-and-white squares along the border of her cloak. National Geographic, "This 2,400-year-old statue reveals insights into ancient Spain," 24 Nov. 2020 Speaking of pouts, Sharon Alexie painted hers a cherry red, accented by a little blush on the nose and face-framing coils. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Erykah Badu, Tracee Ellis Ross, and More," 18 Oct. 2020 Sarah Johnson has been buying Givenchy lipstick, Chanel blush, and Yves Saint Laurent eye shadow, often spending $200 in one shot. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "The Coronavirus-Era Shopping Response to a Downturn: Trade Up," 16 Dec. 2020 At first blush, privacy and antitrust might seem like separate issues—two different chapters in a textbook about big tech. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case," 9 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Known to deliver a flawless finish, the Artis Palm Brush Mini is the ultimate multitasking makeup brush to blend everything from foundation to blush or even apply skin care. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 Known to deliver a flawless finish, the Artis Palm Brush Mini is the ultimate multitasking makeup brush to blend everything from foundation to blush or even apply skin care. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 beauty products you should honestly just gift yourself," 24 Nov. 2020 Browse through the Crocs' vast color selection, which includes lavender, teal and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "100 amazing gifts for every type of person and budget," 30 Oct. 2020 Known to deliver a flawless finish, the Artis Palm Brush Mini is the ultimate multitasking makeup brush to blend everything from foundation to blush or even apply skin care. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "46 gifts to pamper the beauty lover in your life," 20 Nov. 2020 Browse through the Crocs' vast color selection, which includes lavender, teal and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "100 amazing gifts for every type of person and budget," 30 Oct. 2020 The perfume is layered with a touch of vanilla and sandalwood that will make you and others around you blush with joy and delight. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, "16 of the most popular things to get from Michael Kors," 22 Oct. 2020 Browse through the Crocs' vast color selection, which includes lavender, teal and blush pink, to find the best pair for your giftee. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "100 amazing gifts for every type of person and budget," 30 Oct. 2020 The floaty, blush pink silk gown was designed by Zac Posen—who shared a previously unseen snap of Eugenie wearing it on Instagram Monday, as Tatler reports. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie Glows in a Previously Unseen Photo of Her Second Wedding Dress," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of blush was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Blush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blush. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for blush

blush

noun
How to pronounce blush (audio)

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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