SKIP TO CONTENT

crimson

Crimson is a deep, vivid shade of red. You could describe flowers, blood, or blushing cheeks as crimson.

The ruby red color crimson shows up brilliantly in nature, in the form of flowers, birds, and insects. In fact, it was an insect that led to the word crimson in the first place; an insect called kermes was used for centuries to make a deep red dye, which was called cremesin in Old Spanish and eventually became crimson.

Definitions of crimson
  1. noun
    a deep and vivid red color
    synonyms: deep red, ruby
    see moresee less
    type of:
    red, redness
    red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
  2. adjective
    of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
    synonyms: blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, red, reddish, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, scarlet
    chromatic
    being or having or characterized by hue
  3. adjective
    (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion
    crimson with fury”
    “flushed (or crimson) with embarrassment”
    synonyms: flushed, red, red-faced, reddened
    colored, colorful, coloured
    having color or a certain color; sometimes used in combination
  4. verb
    turn red, as if in embarrassment or shame
    synonyms: blush, flush, redden
    see moresee less
    type of:
    color, colour, discolor, discolour
    change color, often in an undesired manner
  5. adjective
    characterized by violence or bloodshed
    “"writes of crimson deeds and barbaric days"- Andrea Parke”
    “"fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing"- Thomas Gray”
    synonyms: red, violent
    bloody
    having or covered with or accompanied by blood
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week