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

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 After all, a swipe of crimson on the mouth pairs perfectly with a Chanel LBD or white Petit Bateau T-shirt and a pair of vintage jeans. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 14 July 2022 Styled by Jason Bolden, the two-piece crimson-hued suit included a double-breasted jacket with black buttons and a mini-length skirt. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 May 2022 The Dutch-American artist de Kooning used vivid hues of yellow, turquoise and crimson and a distinctive, gestural brush stroke. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, 16 June 2022 Across town at Alcova, designer Leo Rydell Jost unveiled similarly exuberant carpets in super-saturated swirls of gold, violet, and crimson. Anna Fixsen, ELLE Decor, 14 June 2022 The book with its vibrant cover (an image of model Fadhi Mohamed in a crimson, sequined Bottega Veneta dress surrounded by a bed of anthuriums) encapsulates the eye through which Campbell sees the world. Essence, 22 Apr. 2022 Jacob's character, Kane, debuted as a crimson, masked and mute demon who was half-brothers with fan-favorite superstar The Undertaker. Fox News, 7 June 2022 Amrit wore a couture crimson Lehenga by Shyamal & Bhumika, paying homage to the traditional red shades worn by an Indian bride. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 5 May 2022 Set in pearlescent medallions against a blue-green field coiled with gold and crimson filigree, the angels held harps, guitars and violins in their hands, their Baroque lips curved into smiles — an image of heaven filled with music, order and joy. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The swan began to slowly raise its head: a pink-violet beak with a crimson edge and a blue-violet neck, each feather of which shimmered in the sun. Vladimir Sorokin, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 In the stunning cover image, the singer is centered on the dance floor, black dress flowing over the side of a crimson red horse. Larisha Paul, Billboard, 21 June 2022 The Olympian posted up in a fiery crimson bikini and a pair of '90s micro sunnies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 25 May 2022 One day Kenny and my boyfriend delivered a crimson love seat to a brothel. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 In Baz Luhrmann’s bombastic musical, Kidman plays Satine, a Moulin Rouge dancer (based on the French can-can dancer Jane Avril) with sideswept, deep dark crimson waves and a red lip to match. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 10 May 2022 Another had crimson window dressings, marble tables and red upholstered chairs, a boudoirish setting that both disconcerted and comforted me. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The crimson beauty features a gray leather interior, Recaro bucket seats with four-point racing harnesses and 18-inch alloys shod in Michelin tires. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 27 May 2022 But the deep crimson walls hint that this will not be an ideal place for recovery and relaxation. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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21 Jul 2022

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“Crimson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of crimson

: a deep purplish red

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