crim·​son | \ ˈkrim-zən How to pronounce crimson (audio) \

Definition of crimson

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: any of several deep purplish reds



Definition of crimson (Entry 2 of 3)

: of the color crimson


crimsoned; crimsoning; crimsons

Definition of crimson (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make crimson

intransitive verb

: to become crimson especially : blush

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Synonyms for crimson

Synonyms: Verb

bloom, blush, color, flush, glow, redden

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Examples of crimson in a Sentence


he crimsoned the minute he realized the foolishness of what he'd said

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the 1960s, the Royal Rosarian tie went from white to red, because a pop of crimson looked better on color TV., "Royal Rosarians find, and award, the best rose gardens in Portland," 26 June 2019 Starting around midnight Tuesday, experts with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Food and Drug Administration began dyeing the effluent processed at the Kent County Wastewater Treatment Plant a crimson color to track its path. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 The crowd shopping for end-of-life care and crimson thongs flowed easily along Jizo-dori, laughing, arguing, shouting into mobile phones. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019 As one by one the states on the board began to turn crimson, like wounds filling with fresh blood, Ainsley had racked her brain for something uplifting to say. Lucinda Rosenfeld, Harper's magazine, "First Daughters," 10 Feb. 2019 That includes Larry Lawson, the sales manager there — who, for pretty much any circumstance, will happily sport crimson over all else. Sam Blum |,, "An inside look at the 1st team Butch Thompson took to a College World Series 22 years ago," 13 June 2019 Hadid added more ruby jewelry courtesy of Bulgari to her look, as well as a matching crimson lip. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Channels Sharon Stone in Vintage Cavalli," 17 May 2019 On the first day of her public viewing ahead of her funeral services on Friday, Franklin was resplendent in her sorority’s signature crimson. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul," 28 Aug. 2018 Our lights will shine in crimson and white for the next 30 minutes to celebrate their victory. Leada Gore,, "Even Mt. Vernon, once home to George Washington, is celebrating Alabama's National Championship," 10 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

On August 12, 1960, Barbara was sedated, and her hips and legs were punctured fifty times with a large-bore needle to extract the crimson sludge of her bone marrow. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 The tooth decay, tangled hair, and body odor that can come from being denied access to basic resources is a crimson flag waved in front of a bull with a billy club. Kim Kelly, Allure, "Angels With Dirty Faces," 12 July 2019 And that’s to say nothing of Doctor Strange’s enchanted crimson cape, which has the distinction of being both functional and fashionable. Devan Coggan,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home costume designer breaks down Spidey and Mysterio's new looks," 2 July 2019 Gray shadows crept across the broad valley below as the sky assumed a crimson glow that tinted the surrounding peaks in soft pink hues. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019 Back at Red 8, my table is ready, complete with scenic view: an expanse of slot machines and tables, a crimson carpet covered with bright flowers, elaborate red glass chandeliers. Globe Staff,, "Our food critic ate her way through the Encore Boston casino so you don’t have to," 25 June 2019 The magnificent bookstore features a large stage that serves as a reading area and cafe, with stunning crimson curtains, as well as balconies wrapping completely around the interior of the building. Eric Todisco,, "This 100-Year-Old Theater Has Been Converted Into the Most Instagrammable Bookstore in the World," 21 June 2019 Cryptobenthics may be crimson with turquoise spots, scarlet with yellow stripes, key-lime green, pewter dipped in orange, mango dipped in purple. Jennifer Hayes, National Geographic, "Coral reefs depend on lots of fish the size of jellybeans," 23 May 2019 The shade, which is called Unveil, is a deep chocolate brown and is made of the same 12-hour matte wear as its crimson counterpart. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Released a New Chocolate Brown Shade of Stunna Lip Paint," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crimson


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for crimson

Noun, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English crimisin, from Old Spanish cremesín, from Arabic qirmizī, from qirmiz kermes

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English Language Learners Definition of crimson

: a deep purplish-red color


crim·​son | \ ˈkrim-zən How to pronounce crimson (audio) \

Kids Definition of crimson

: a deep purplish red

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