vermillion

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

vermillion ‎(plural vermillions)

  1. Alternative spelling of vermilion

Adjective[edit]

vermillion ‎(comparative more vermillion, superlative most vermillion)

  1. Alternative spelling of vermilion

Usage notes[edit]

  • Some authorities[who?] view this as a misspelling; others consider it a valid but perhaps dated alternative.
  • It is entered as a second-listed spelling without prejudice or usage note in major dictionaries.[1][2][3]
  • The OED records 23 citations with this spelling, ranging in date from 1597 to 1865.
  • About 30% of the usage of vermilion/vermillion in the US (COCA) is in this spelling. In modern British usage, this spelling is rare (only 2 publications in the BNC, out of thousands).
  • Only the one-L spelling appears in Webster's 1828, 1841 and 1913 dictionaries.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Merriam-Webster ((Can we date this quote?)) Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary[1], Merriam-Webster
  2. ^ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ((Can we date this quote?)) The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language[2], Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  3. ^ Oxford Dictionaries ((Can we date this quote?)) Oxford Dictionaries Online[3], Oxford University Press

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