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

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Examples of crimson in a Sentence

Verb he crimsoned the minute he realized the foolishness of what he'd said
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the Oval Office, pale blue and cream have been replaced by Prussian blue, crimson and gold. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 25 June 2021 In deep crimson, Petal Bouche Matte—the only lip product in makeup artist Violette’s new collection—is color perfection. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Mirren has worn the brand to countless big events—her epic crimson Dior Haute Couture gown at the 2020 Golden Globes remains a high note—but her costume felt special. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 21 May 2021 To create the look, Brownsell toned Hall's blonde base with Champagne Super Toner, before mixing together golden Just Like Honey with bright orange Tangerine Dream semi-permanent dyes to achieve a pitch-perfect mix of crimson and citrus tones. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 15 June 2021 The Oklahoma City crowd, mostly wearing Oklahoma’s crimson and cream, rose to its feet as Alexander fought back tears. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2021 Now get those fingers to scrolling and read on about how to find the perfect shade of crimson just for you. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 2 June 2021 Baker caught one pass for four yards, while fourth-year wideout Xavier Williams -- who has an opportunity for playing time this season -- added three catches for 24 yards for the crimson. Mike Rodak |, al, 17 Apr. 2021 Western bluebirds flew from fence posts in flashes of cobalt and crimson. Betsy Andrews, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On the ground floor, the smallest bedroom – Henry’s – has an almost ecclesiastical feel, dominated by a mahogany, four-poster bed covered in a smart, burgundy pinstripe fabric, and brightened with crimson velvet cushions. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Rectangular Sunglasses and crimson tote from the Vintage Jacquard capsule. Danielle Wright, Essence, 30 June 2021 The largest place on the list, this three-bedroom home on a corner lot has a few surprises inside, including a rock-wall living room and crimson-tile bathroom. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 The spellbinding, crimson Santorini sunsets and the panoramic caldera views have always been afforded to everyone. Stav Dimitropoulos, House Beautiful, 22 June 2021 Its flowers actually resemble those of the hibiscus plant, with pale petals ringing a deep crimson center. Casey Barber, CNN, 18 June 2021 Introducing herself to the public for the first time, Cruella simply looks stunning in her ultrasophisticated crimson number with echoes of Alexander McQueen and a mermaid tail that resembles a cluster of flames. Tomris Laffly, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Hitting farmers markets and grocery stores in late spring, rhubarb comes in stalks ranging from soft, pale green to deep crimson red. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 The image is black and white except for a crimson coronavirus orb in the center — evoking memories of a population enlisted in a losing battle and left by its leaders to suffer the consequences. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021

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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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The first known use of crimson was in the 15th century

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21 Jul 2021

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“Crimson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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