vermilion

play
noun ver·mil·ion \vər-ˈmil-yən\

Definition of vermilion

  1. 1 :  a bright red pigment consisting of mercuric sulfide; broadly :  any of various red pigments

  2. 2 :  a vivid reddish orange

Variants of vermilion

less commonly

vermillion

Origin and Etymology of vermilion

Middle English vermilioun, from Anglo-French vermeilloun, from vermeil, adjective, bright red, vermilion, from Late Latin vermiculus kermes, from Latin, little worm


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Color Terms


VERMILION Defined for English Language Learners

vermilion

play
noun ver·mil·ion \vər-ˈmil-yən\

Definition of vermilion for English Language Learners

  • : a bright orange-red color


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vermilion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a harsh rebuke

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ