ver-ˈmā How to pronounce vermeil (audio)
: gilded silver
vermeil adjective

Examples of vermeil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The handmade necklace comes in 14-karat gold vermeil or sterling silver with a beautiful rainbow charm in the same material. Maya Polton, Parents, 27 Mar. 2024 The dragon, the sensational centerpiece of the pen that embraces the cap, is crafted in gold vermeil. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 This dome ring is made with 18-karat solid-gold vermeil, not to be confused with plating. Andrea Navarro, Glamour, 2 Nov. 2023 The company has creations made from 14K solid yellow gold, 14K solid white gold, sterling silver, 18K gold vermeil, and titanium, as well as enamel and ceramic pieces. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 The necklace comes in sterling silver and 14-karat gold vermeil, with two chain lengths and six chain styles. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2023 When shopping for costume jewelry, vermeil is of higher quality than plated (though both can last for years if cared for properly). Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 26 Sep. 2023 The pieces come in 18k gold vermeil and silver with a triangular pattern. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 5 Sep. 2023 Made of gold vermeil, the hexagon shape evokes the panel structure of a classic soccer ball. Jasmine Gomez, Women's Health, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from Middle French, from vermeil "bright red" — more at vermilion

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermeil was in 1530

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“Vermeil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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