Definition of vermeil

1 \ ˈvər-​məl How to pronounce ˈvər-məl (audio) , -​ˌmāl \ : vermilion
2 \ ver-​ˈmā How to pronounce ver-ˈmā (audio) , vər-​ \ : gilded silver

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vermeil adjective

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Since launching our gold vermeil collection in 2017, the request for fine jewelry only grew stronger. Glamour, "BaubleBar Is Launching Fine Jewelry—And Everything's Under $1,000," 14 Aug. 2019 Dinners were served on eighteenth-century porcelain, accompanied by vermeil cutlery, and the menus were of an Edwardian refinement and splendor. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 Agmes Elsa Earrings Handmaid here in New York City, these 18K gold vermeil and freshwater pearl earrings are the perfect statement piece to elevate the aforementioned jeans and white shirt. Alexandra Polkinghorn, WSJ, "Managing Editor Alexandra Polkinghorn’s Holiday Gift Guide: Little Luxuries," 4 Dec. 2018 Most of her jewelry is made from gold vermeil (a sterling silver base is plated with a thick layer of real gold), which keeps prices at an affordable $50 to $200 range. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Top 5 Favorite Jewelry Brands of All Time," 2 Jan. 2019 India created her own take on the alphabet by crafting delicate sterling silver vermeil pendant necklaces that spotlight the motifs. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "India Hicks’s Newest Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Her Father," 4 Apr. 2017 The shiny gold vermeil gleams in a flattering, but not overly obnoxious way, where all that’s visible are two bright gold orbs on your ears. Indya Brown, The Cut, "These Cool Earrings Distract From Bad Hair Days," 13 Oct. 2017 In each piece, the block of uncut crystal is instilled with a form of an animal through the vermeil. Georgina Schaeffer, Town & Country, "The Eagle Had Landed," 23 Feb. 2014 Tiffany & Co. designed the 24-inch trophy featuring 30 flags representing each Major League Baseball team, latitude and longitude lines symbolizing the world, and 24-karat vermeil stitches representing those on a baseball. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Morning Spin: Pritzker robocalls call Republican budget plan 'a sham'," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of vermeil

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vermeil

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

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