American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A deep to vivid purplish red to vivid red.
- v. To make or become deeply or vividly red.
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.
- n. A deep, slightly bluish red.
- adj. Having a deep red colour.
- adj. Having loose morals.
- v. to blush
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A deep red color tinged with blue; also, red color in general.
- adj. Of a deep red color tinged with blue; deep red.
- v. To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
- v. To become crimson; to blush.
- 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
- From Spanish, from Arabic قرمز (qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“We'll fight and sail and blaze our trail in crimson through the stars.”
“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.”
“She sat on chairs cushioned in crimson and purple velvet, as well as red cloth of gold, and satin.”
“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.”
“Hoofbeats sounded the entry of stallions, astride which young men in crimson costumes performed daredevil stunts.”
“And all around the script paraded nymphs and satyrs, tigers and olifants in crimson, rose, and violet.”
“One was bound in crimson leatherette, one in brown calf, and one in green lizardskin.”
“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.”
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