ma·​gen·​ta | \mə-ˈjen-tə \

Definition of magenta 

1 : fuchsin

2 : a deep purplish red

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The magenta carrier says those who trade in an older iPhone toward the purchase of a new model can get up to $300 off their purchase. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Breaking down the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max’s pre-order situation," 14 Sep. 2018 Chain, who repeatedly pulled at his long, dark hair that was dyed magenta at the ends, thanked the judge in a deep gravelly voice. Fox News, "Man faces charges he threatened journalists to defend Trump," 31 Aug. 2018 Green and white stripes on the lower portion of the facade echo the rise and fall of grass underfoot, while the magenta and white stripes above reference the color of a local flower and a hue that often ruddies the summer sky at sunset. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 To heighten the color quotient even more, Ann Getty added club chairs upholstered in a vivid magenta to the seating area around a fireplace. Kate Betts, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 17 Aug. 2011 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

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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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