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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 From lipsticks that contain carmine (red dye from beetles) to moisturizers that are made with lanolin (a waxy substance from sheep glands), shopping for vegan beauty products can be tough. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Milk Makeup Is Now Completely Vegan," 28 Mar. 2018 Not a molecule of dust has settled on the carmine sofas and cherrywood bookcases and desktop tableaux of 19th-century objets. Molly Young, GQ, "The Excessive Vision of Donatella Versace," 20 Mar. 2018 The pork is stained red, shading from carmine to vermilion, and a beautiful ruin. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Taqueria El Sinaloense, Regional Dishes Worth an Early Trip," 15 Feb. 2018 Makeup artist Hung Vanngo opted to turn the evening's collective lean toward carmine on its head, daubing Ratajkowski's pout with a shimmery pink nude that kept the focus on her high-impact eyes. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Proves Why the Best Golden Globes Makeup Happens at the After-Party," 8 Jan. 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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“Carmine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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