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From Middle English cremesyn, from Old Spanish, from Arabic قِرْمِز (qirmiz), from Persian کرمست (kirmist), from Middle Persian, from Sanskrit कृमिज (kṛmija).



crimson (countable and uncountable, plural crimsons) Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg crimson on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

  1. A deep, slightly bluish red.
    crimson colour:  
    • Arthur Conan Doyle
      To my horror I perceived that the yellow blossoms were all dabbled with crimson.


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crimson (comparative more crimson, superlative most crimson)

  1. Having a deep red colour.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 24962326:
      Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
    • 1950, Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast
      Her crimson dress inflames grey corridors, or flaring in a sunshaft through high branches makes of the deep green shadows a greenness darker yet, and a darkness greener.
  2. Immodest. (Can we add an example for this sense?)



crimson (third-person singular simple present crimsons, present participle crimsoning, simple past and past participle crimsoned)

  1. To blush.
    • 1922, James Joyce, chapter 13, in Ulysses:
      Gerty MacDowell bent down her head and crimsoned at the idea of Cissy saying an unladylike thing like that out loud she'd be ashamed of her life to say, flushing a deep rosy red, and Edy Boardman said she was sure the gentleman opposite heard what she said. But not a pin cared Ciss.
  2. To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
    • Shakespeare
      Signed in thy spoil and crimsoned in thy lethe.


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