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 For identification, the tail sections of the Mustangs sported a distinctive crimson color. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Tuskegee Airmen Were So Badass," 5 May 2020 For Mother’s Day, Field & Florist will fashion bouquets out of whichever plants are flowering on their farm, which will probably include blush-pink peonies, crimson ranunculus and ruffled golden-orange daffodils. Zio Baritaux, New York Times, "10 Florists Delivering Vibrant Bouquets for Mother’s Day," 2 May 2020 Because of the red-crimson color, the snow reflects less sunlight and melts faster. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "This ‘Blood-Red’ Snow Is Taking Over Parts of Antarctica," 1 Mar. 2020 And with summer on our heels, the desire to go with a bright crimson, cherry or ruby hue is growing. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "25 Everyday Women Who'll Make You Want To Be A Redhead," 29 Apr. 2020 When the rest of the flowers have faded, mums bring their cheery colors that range from sunny yellow and pumpkin orange to the deepest crimson to containers and landscapes. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Are Mums Perennials? Here's What to Know About the Flower," 22 Jan. 2020 Playing football growing up in Birmingham, the color crimson was always around Nico Collins. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What drew star recruit from Birmingham to Michigan instead of Alabama," 30 Dec. 2019 The white marble gleamed in contrast to the crimson, sunlight spilling bright on the blood as though to say: Look. David Canfield,, "Read an excerpt from Blood Heir, the year's most controversial YA novel," 17 Oct. 2019 Once the couples — 34 that day — reached their seats, the patriarch of the Maronite Church, dressed in crimson robes and gripping a scepter topped with a golden cross, led Mass and declared the whole lot husbands and wives. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Here Comes the Bride. And the Bride. And the Bride. Mass Weddings Boom in Lebanon.," 15 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The event organizers had decided to live-stream the event rather than cancel it outright, and a cleaning crew of two moved silently through tight rows of crimson seats, sanitizing. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "San Francisco Shelters in Place," 20 Mar. 2020 One, in a darkened tunnel, is shot amid a crimson glow and a clouds of powdery white (from a flour truck). Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "‘Bloodshot’ has plenty of brawn, but lacks brains," 12 Mar. 2020 Another robust pleasure is dry-aged beef carved into crimson slices, decorated with thick slices of purple onion and flanked with popovers that look like floppy chef’s toques. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Nina May is dialed into diners’ desires in Logan Circle," 4 Mar. 2020 The marshal of the Supreme Court, Pamela Talkin, banged the gavel, everyone rose and the justices departed, disappearing behind the crimson curtains. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Louisiana Abortion Law -- Live Analysis," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Crimson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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