ma·gen·ta | \mə-ˈjen-tə \

Definition of magenta 

1 : fuchsin

2 : a deep purplish red

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Rooftops, pennants, pediments, columns, and banners, in flaming shades of magenta, vermilion, chrome yellow, and aqua, as if King Arthur’s Court and Ringling Brothers joined forces and spent too much time in the sun. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Lessons from LA’s 1984 Summer Olympics," 17 May 2018 Tarte released a special edition color of their already ocean-friendly Color Splash Hydrating Lipstick — a dewy magenta shade dubbed Sea Goddess. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Tarte's Full Mermaid Makeup Collection Just Dropped and It's Pool-Side Beauty Goals," 15 Mar. 2018 The installation — overlooking Evans Way Park, near the museum entrance — is massive, rectangular, and divided horizontally into three even sections: the top third, magenta; the middle, brown; and the bottom, silver. Graham Ambrose,, "Installation at the Gardner honors the ‘unfinished business’ of Freddie Gray," 28 June 2018 The magenta, based on a portrait shot, represents Gray’s life. Graham Ambrose,, "Installation at the Gardner honors the ‘unfinished business’ of Freddie Gray," 28 June 2018 The golder-than-gold highlighter, the magenta-and-orange eye-shadow palette, and the mint-green lipstick are just three examples. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Rihanna Dropped a New Fenty Beauty Palette, and It’s Spicy," 25 June 2018 Knock Out succeeds wildly as a bulletproof flowering shrub, but the plant is stiff in its habit and the off-key magenta bloom is hard to love. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018 Moreover, look at that tie—a shade of magenta rarely seen outside nuclear waste sites. Sam Schube, GQ, "Trump's economic adviser has one very unnecessary rule for wearing a suit.," 29 May 2018 Matt and Julie White, who are remodeling their new home in Newport Beach, Calif., have installed a 16-foot wall planted with lush kangaroo ferns and magenta-hue bromeliads in their interior courtyard with a pool. WSJ, "When Your Home Has Its Very Own Jungle," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of magenta

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for magenta

Magenta, Italy

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The first known use of magenta was in 1860

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English Language Learners Definition of magenta

: a bright, deep purplish-red color


ma·gen·ta | \mə-ˈjen-tə \

Kids Definition of magenta

: a deep purplish red


ma·gen·ta | \mə-ˈjent-ə \

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