car·​mine | \ ˈkär-mən How to pronounce carmine (audio) , -ˌmīn \

Definition of carmine

1 : a rich red to crimson pigment made from cochineal
2 : a vivid red

Examples of carmine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That special hue of carmine provided by the Spanish dyes was essential for the British army. Longreads, "Why Bumblebees Love Cats and Other Beautiful Relationships," 23 Mar. 2021 All Day Liquid Lipstick is not vegan, as all shades contain carmine and beeswax. Emmy Favilla, CNN Underscored, "The best matte lipsticks of 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 Dressed in a carmine suit and seated against a black-and-neon set reminiscent of Studio 54, RuPaul talks about some of the most basic challenges of growing up in the world. Irina Dumitrescu, Longreads, "How to Learn Everything: The MasterClass Diaries," 20 Aug. 2020 Slathered in turquoise and carmine, neons and pastels, sequences accumulate an occasional dreaminess that defies the typical constraints of low-budget filmmaking. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Butt Boy’ Review: Compulsion as Comic Noir," 15 Apr. 2020 What’s better than a high-shine eye moment or a classic carmine lip? Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Scarlett Johansson’s Latest Bold Makeup Look Is Primed for Holiday Party Season," 6 Nov. 2019 Other common non-vegan buzzwords: carmine, squalene, oleic acid, glycerine, and collagen. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup," 29 Nov. 2018 The carmine red of the massive steel front door was chosen from Le Corbusier’s color palette. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Daniel and Estrellita Brodsky Dreamed of a Modern Home in a Pastoral Setting," 11 Dec. 2018 Cleopatra may be famed for her eyeliner, but the Egyptian ruler was also known to tint her lips with a mixture of carmine and henna, Avon reports. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "National Lipstick Day: 5 things you never knew about the cosmetic," 28 July 2018

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First Known Use of carmine

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for carmine

French carmin, from Medieval Latin carminium, perhaps ultimately from Arabic qirmiz kermes + Latin minium cinnabar

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The first known use of carmine was in 1712

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1 Apr 2021

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“Carmine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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car·​mine | \ ˈkär-mən, -ˌmīn How to pronounce carmine (audio) \

Medical Definition of carmine

: a vivid red lake consisting essentially of an aluminum salt of carminic acid made from cochineal and used as a biological stain and as coloring in foods, drugs, and cosmetics also : any of various coloring matters (as indigo carmine) other than carmine

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