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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A deep to vivid purplish red to vivid red.
  • transitive v. To make or become deeply or vividly red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A deep, slightly bluish red.
  • adj. Having a deep red colour.
  • adj. Having loose morals.
  • v. to blush

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general.
  • adj. Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red.
  • transitive v. To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
  • transitive v. To become crimson; to blush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A highly chromatic red color somewhat inclining toward purple, like that of an alkaline infusion of cochineal, or of red wine a year or two old; deep red.
  • Of a red color inclining to purple; deep-red.
  • To dye with crimson; make crimson.
  • To become of a deep-red color; be tinged with red; blush: as, her cheeks crimsoned.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
  • adj. (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
  • v. turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
  • adj. characterized by violence or bloodshed
  • n. a deep and vivid red color


Middle English cremesin, from Old Spanish cremesín, Old Italian cremesino or Medieval Latin cremesīnus, all from Arabic qirmizīy, from qirmiz, kermes insect; see kermes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish, from Arabic قرمز (qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit. (Wiktionary)


  • We'll fight and sail and blaze our trail in crimson through the stars.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • And here the conquered men of Ind, swarthy horsemen and sword wielders, fiercely barbaric, blazing in crimson and scarlet, Sikhs, Rajputs, Burmese, province by province, and caste by caste.


  • His decision didn't come until signing day, and even then he hadn't cleared the final roadblock to play in crimson and cream.

  • Eurydice lay on the ground, gasping for breath, blood pumping from her body in crimson fountains, a flechette buried deep in her chest.

    Eurydice Redux | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • She sat on chairs cushioned in crimson and purple velvet, as well as red cloth of gold, and satin.

    From Heads of Household to Heads of State: The Preaccession Households of Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, 1516-1558

  • I moved briskly toward the Emperor's tower, striding through the corridor toward his private lift, the entrance to which was flanked by two Imperial Guards in crimson robes.

    Archive 2005-05-15

  • Hoofbeats sounded the entry of stallions, astride which young men in crimson costumes performed daredevil stunts.

    Sultan of the Steppes

  • And all around the script paraded nymphs and satyrs, tigers and olifants in crimson, rose, and violet.

    Excerpt: Holy Fools by Joanne Harris

  • One was bound in crimson leatherette, one in brown calf, and one in green lizardskin.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • The children had a fleeting impression of seeing against the criss-cross fence of the potato patch a lady in crimson and ermine with a gold crown.

    The House of Arden


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