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[krim-zuh n, -suh n] /ˈkrɪm zən, -sən/
deep purplish-red.
a crimson color, pigment, or dye.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become crimson.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin cremesīnusArabic qirmizī (qirmiz kermes + suffix of appurtenance) + Latin -īnus -ine1; see cramoisy
Related forms
crimsonly, adverb
crimsonness, noun Unabridged
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Examples for crimson
  • The blood of its unsung martyrs will flow across the land leaving a crimson swathe, from border to border.
  • The pathogen makes its presence known to humans through crimson pustules on the plant's stems and leaves.
  • The crane has light to dark blue-gray plumage and a crimson cap at the back of its crown.
  • It's a subtler palette than crimson and gold, but it's equally irresistible.
  • crimson plastic veins snaked through the interior of the translucent skulls, but there was nothing at the base.
  • And in your wake hangs a crimson dust so fine it may never filter back to the ground.
  • These droplets can be swept across the globe, painting brilliant crimson twilights wherever they go.
  • In stark contrast to those deep crimson cephalopods, mine was chalk white on landing.
  • Typical colors range from deep crimson to pale pink.
  • Huge, pure white double flowers with vivid crimson flecks make a showy bouquet in a white ceramic vase.
British Dictionary definitions for crimson


  1. a deep or vivid red colour
  2. (as adjective) a crimson rose
to make or become crimson
(intransitive) to blush
Derived Forms
crimsonness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old Spanish cremesin, from Arabic qirmizi red of the kermes, from qirmizkermes
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Word Origin and History for crimson
1416, "deep red color," from O.Sp. cremesin "of or belonging to the kermes" (the shield-louse insects from which a deep red dye was obtained), from M.L. cremesinus, from Arabic qirmiz "kermes," from Skt. krmi-ja a compound meaning "(red dye) produced by a worm," from krmih "worm" + -ja- "produced" (from PIE *gene-). For sense evolution, see cochineal. Cf. O.C.S. čruminu, Rus. čermnyj "red," from the same source. Cf. also vermilion. The insect (Kermes vermilio) lives on the Kermes oak. The insects were gathered commercially in Mediterranean countries and sold throughout Europe. Kermes dyes have been found in burial wrappings in Anglo-Scandinavian York. It fell out of use with the introduction of cochineal. The dyes were comparable in quality and color intensity, but ten to twelve times as much kermes was needed to produce the same effect as cochineal.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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