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 One trademark of Texas-OU is the divide down the 50-yard line between fans in Texas burnt orange and those in Oklahoma crimson. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "What does the State Fair of Texas’ cancellation mean for the Longhorns-Sooners Red River Showdown?," 7 July 2020 Consider this: Only four players who saw playing time last year are planning on wearing crimson this season. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Breaking down the new-look Alabama basketball roster," 6 July 2020 President Vladimir Putin of Russia has declared a state of emergency in a region in northern Siberia after a huge oil spill turned a river crimson and threatened to inflict significant damage to the Arctic environment. Ivan Nechepurenko,, "Russia declares emergency after Arctic oil spill," 4 June 2020 Flowers sit in front of Beaty's crimson and cream polo shirt. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Downtown is now a living art gallery. It's started a conversation about black lives.," 12 June 2020 Former Vice President Joe Biden met with Floyd’s family Monday, as did Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who wore a crimson and gold tie in honor of Floyd’s alma mater, Yates High. Los Angeles Times, "George Floyd’s Houston memorial reminds friends what they survived," 8 June 2020 Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott was among the first to view the casket, wearing a striped gold-and-crimson tie, the colors of Floyd’s Houston high school, where Floyd was a standout football player., "Thousands mourn George Floyd in Texas amid calls for reform," 8 June 2020 After the demonstration, several buildings on San Antonio’s skyline were illuminated in gold and crimson to pay tribute to the former Houston resident the night before his funeral in that city. Taylor Pettaway,, "On 10th day of protests, San Antonians march through 100-degree heat to call for change," 8 June 2020 The Alumni Association has requested that former and current alumni wear Yates High School colors, crimson and gold, and bring a candle for the ceremony. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Candlelight vigil for George Floyd happening June 8 for Yates High School alumni," 8 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On May 21, 2021, the moon will completely pass through the Earth's shadow, imparting a crimson glow that will be visible to most of the Americas, Australia, and eastern Asia. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How to watch the July 4 partial lunar eclipse," 4 July 2020 All hail Royal Reds, the huge crimson shrimp that taste like lobster and scallops, the crown jewel of Gulf shrimp. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Royal Red Shrimp," 30 June 2020 Many Chinese firms, though, rely on something from an earlier age: a hard, usually rubber chop with a firm’s name engraved on it, to be dipped in crimson ink and stamped on important documents. The Economist, "Chopped and screwed Why corporate disputes in China still revolve around rubber stamps," 20 June 2020 His Alamo Dust rub works great with pork and poultry, infusing a crimson color into the meat that brings both a sweet and savory flavor. Chuck Blount,, "10 San Antonio-made seasoning mixes to add to your barbecue game," 9 Sep. 2019 The thing turning the overcast sky into a crimson canvas could only be fire. Paula Schleis,, "'Be ye prepared’: Warning, flames greeted National Guard ahead of Kent State shootings," 2 May 2020 This rainforest butterfly has vivid crimson patches on its upper wings, but its underwings are arguably even more spectacular. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The World’s Most Interesting Insects," 29 Apr. 2020 Switching up the color isn’t new for the brand — this past holiday season brought us a crimson version, and gold, purple, and white colorways are part of the main collection. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Dyson Just Released A Mother’s Day Edition Of The Supersonic Hair Dryer," 16 Apr. 2020 Several longtime attendees and volunteers dressed to match; a number of crimson dresses, scarves and handbags dotted the club's ballroom. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Salvation Army luncheon celebrates 130 years of "Doing the most good"; raises $830,000 in River Oaks," 26 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Jul 2020

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“Crimson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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