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

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 The Tigers didn’t merely pry away a player who seemed destined to spend his college years wearing crimson. Brian Costa And Jim Chairusmi, WSJ, "To Compete With Alabama, Clemson Became Alabama," 30 Dec. 2018 Most striking, perhaps, are the crimson topiary trees (pictured above), which currently line the east colonnade. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Melania Trump Just Unveiled This Year's White House Christmas Decorations," 26 Nov. 2018 Ranging from an electric purple (Magnetic Magenta) to a soft crimson (Flesh 5), the new additions bring MatteTrance’s total shade count to a whopping 30 varieties. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Pat McGrath Labs Debuts New Shades of MatteTrance Lipstick," 4 Aug. 2018 Andrew Hill’s essential lighting is a spectrum of saturating color, from ashen grays to deepest crimson. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: Head Tripping the Light Fantastic in ‘Symphonie Fantastique’," 4 Apr. 2018 The color matched perfectly with the pops of crimson featured in her attire for the evening. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Wore Berry Red Lipstick," 8 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Among the fashion hightlights were Sydney Park’s daring emerald green suit, Janel’s fire engine red dress with a deep v-neck, and Sofia’s full crimson and black gown. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" Stars Celebrate the Upcoming Freeform Premiere," 16 Mar. 2019 See the thick black stripe of kohl on a third of the models at Jil Sander, the glossy red lips at Simone Rocha for Moncler, or the six crimson mouths scattered throughout the Tod’s show. Monica Kim, Vogue, "The 5 Beauty Takeaways of Milan Fashion Week," 25 Feb. 2019 The gloriously gaudy cinema palaces of our youth have closed their crimson curtains for good, and the humid fug of cigarette smoke and popcorn has been replaced by a dispiritingly acrid, all-over guilty smell. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Those textured, crimson curls are so fire. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Cardi B's New Valentine's Day Hair Looks So Amazing," 15 Feb. 2019 When Chinese President Xi Jinping toured one of the company’s London offices during his 2015 state visit to the U.K., Ms. Meng stood in a crimson dress beside her blue-suited father and Mr. Xi. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "The Public Face of Huawei’s Global Fight," 19 Jan. 2019 Walking the red carpet at the 2018 Deauville American Film Festival in France last night, Kate Beckinsale rocked a jaw-dropping crimson red princess gown, which was both low-cut, and intricately covered in diamonds and gems. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Looks Just Like a Princess in This Zuhair Murad Crimson Gown," 3 Sep. 2018 For her final look, Bella pays proper homage to the Halloween season, wearing deep crimson lipstick and an increase in the application of her red eyeshadow. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars in Dior’s Halloween-Inspired Short Film," 18 Oct. 2018 Paired with a crimson two piece bikini and a pair of black sunnies, Hosk fastened her blonde lengths into a sleek, red carpet worthy knot worthy of Grace Kelly—one that would bode equally as well with a lacy party frock. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How a Victoria's Secret Model Takes Red Carpet Hair to The Pool," 17 May 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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The first known use of crimson was in the 15th century

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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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