crimson

noun
crim·​son | \ˈkrim-zən \

Definition of crimson 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: any of several deep purplish reds

crimson

adjective

Definition of crimson (Entry 2 of 3)

: of the color crimson

crimson

verb
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

Verb

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Arriving at the wedding with the florist and perfumer, Eric Buterbaugh, Moore looked absolutely flawless, wearing a crimson Stella McCartney dress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Demi Moore Just Joined Instagram to Share Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 His crimson suit now paired with a Tennessee Titans cap, the smile didn't fade. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "A fainting spell, green-room nerves and a surprise pick: NFL Draft day for Rashaan Evans," 27 Apr. 2018 The girls either swiped on a fuchsia or crimson lip tint, as well as faint pink washes of eye shadow, to compliment their camo outfits. Lai Frances, Allure, "A Comprehensive Guide to the Evolution of Twice's Hair and Makeup," 6 Nov. 2018 The canvas is covered in moody indigo and vibrant crimson. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 From the blazing buildings crimson and golden tongues of flame arose that illuminated the rising billows of smoke. Mary Horlock, Longreads, "The Camouflage Artist: Two Worlds Wars, Two Loves, and One Great Deception," 21 June 2018 Penn State fans complained about all the crimson ruining the white-out in the 2011 Alabama game in State College. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "Here's why an Alabama series with Notre Dame, Texas makes sense," 29 Mar. 2018 There’s no such thing as too much in these cups: Che CocoLeaf combines pandan jelly, red and white beans, coconut meat, the crimson faux pomegranate seeds called hot luu. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "In search of brain freeze," 21 May 2018 By the end of second half, with Alabama leading by five points thanks to Petty's sixth bomb from behind the arc, Petty's crimson bottoms were above his boxer briefs. Joseph Goodman, AL.com, "Short-shorts and long hair: the 'John Petty Swag' is a deep and complex thing," 16 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

By wielding a giant sword and chanting a mantra, Adora changes from mumsy space cadet into a disco-interpretation of a goddess: gold go-go boots, matching golden gauntlets, a winged vaguely Nordic tiara, and a crimson cape. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 Shot through with tamarind, tomato paste, and nutty annatto oil, the crimson broth at Bún Riêu 41 has amazing depth. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 Central Paris was on lock down as dozens of leaders packed into crimson buses that rolled from the Élysée Palace toward the Arc de Triomphe. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Macron Sounds Warning on Nationalism as Leaders Mark Armistice Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Springbrook's Crimson Star has delicate, deep crimson flowers on sturdy 3-foot stems. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Gorgeous Echinacea in Your Garden," 29 May 2018 But the people who know Roland Garros’s crimson grounds most intimately rarely pick up rackets. New York Times, "Masters of the Courts," 25 May 2018 Among the many exhibits is Queen Parr’s privy, which has a velvet canopy and a seat of crimson velvet for the royal posterior (adults £16.50; 20 percent discount with National Trust membership). New York Times, "36 Hours in the Cotswolds," 17 May 2018 Rather than opting for a kittenish flick of liner or a fire-engine shade of crimson lipstick, Chopra went for a soft bordeaux stain diffused at the edges that played up her pillowy mouth, while promising to require little maintenance. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Has the Perfect Lipstick for a Night Out with Nick Jonas," 13 June 2018 Awash in crimson rays, Jordyn Woods readied her summer glow with a brightening LED light therapy, as elsewhere, Ashley Graham took her workout to the streets with a strengthening sled push exercise. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks of the Week: Kendall Jenner, Victoria Beckham, and More," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of crimson

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1609, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for crimson

Noun

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

Adjective

see crimson entry 1

Verb

see crimson entry 1

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crimson

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crimson

: a deep purplish-red color

crimson

noun
crim·​son | \ˈkrim-zən \

Kids Definition of crimson

: a deep purplish red

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