• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɹɪmzən/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɹɪmzən/, /ˈkɹɪmsən/


  1. A deep, slightly bluish red.
    • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle, “The Adventure of the Priory School” in The Return of Sherlock Holmes,
      To my horror I perceived that the yellow blossoms were all dabbled with crimson.
Translations Adjective


  1. Having a deep red colour.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter V, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, 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 (novel)
      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.
Translations Translations
  • German: lose Sitten

crimson (crimsons, present participle crimsoning; past and past participle crimsoned)

  1. (intransitive) To become crimson or deep red; to blush.
    • 1885, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “The Ring” in The Poetical Works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, New York and Boston: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co., Volume 2, p. 662,
      Father. Why do you look so gravely at the tower?
      Miram. I never saw it yet so all ablaze
      With creepers crimsoning to the pinnacles,
  2. (transitive) To dye with crimson or deep red; to redden.
    • circa 1599 William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar (play), Act III, Scene 1,
      Here didst thou fall; and here thy hunters stand,
      Sign’d in thy spoil, and crimson’d in thy lethe.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, London: Macmillan, 1902, Chapter 28, p. 153,
      Her face was crimsoned over, and she exclaimed, in a voice of the greatest emotion, “Good God! Willoughby, what is the meaning of this? […] ”
    • 1936, William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom!, New York: Modern Library, 1951, Chapter 5, p. 138,
      […] that sheetless bed (that nuptial couch of love and grief) with the pale and bloody corpse in its patched and weathered gray crimsoning the bare mattress […]
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