Meaning of carmine in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɑːmʌɪn/ /ˈkɑːmɪn/

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mass noun
  • 1A vivid crimson colour.

    as modifier ‘carmine roses’
    • ‘If the set is entirely monochromatic the costumes use vivid colour - luscious carmine reds, particularly for the lovers.’
    • ‘However, the most picturesque of all bee-eaters in the world is the crimson plumaged carmine bee-eater, which I had seen once - in a bare, dark thorny tree in Masai Mara, Kenya.’
    • ‘Instead of being the customary deep red, it was an odd carmine colour.’
    • ‘Everyone has a different idea of what is meant by colours such as apricot, cherry, peach, cerise or carmine.’
    • ‘There are also other colors such as carmine red, purple with white eyes, and Cambridge blue.’
    • ‘The flowers were crimson, carmine, vermillion.’
    • ‘They are small in scale and feature extensive use of gold and brilliant, rich and sparkling colors like ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo, violet, purple, carmine and tangerine.’
    • ‘When the petals fall, the 2-inch carmine fruit develops, revealing scarlet seeds.’
    • ‘Their value as ornamental plants is contained in their intricately patterned and colourful foliage which ranges from jade green with cyclamen veins; chartreuse with carmine veins; and Sherwood green with silver veins.’
    • ‘A pungent smell but they [lychees] taste sweeter than you think, translucent like jelly but firmer, and peeling the dusky carmine skin of a lychee is a most satisfactory business.’
    • ‘The flames were as expected - carmine, saffron, vermilion.’
    • ‘His sensuous mouth is constrained, his carmine lips almost quiver.’
    • ‘Its leaves are sometimes tinged with pink or cream and the large, flat, long lasting flowerheads are carmine pink and carried from July to September.’
    • ‘Birdlife is rich with African skimmers, fish eagles, many types of heron and colonies of carmine bee-eaters.’
    • ‘Colonies of carmine bee eaters nested in holes in the sand banks.’
    • ‘Two long wagons appeared in the square, ridden by the priests in their flowing carmine robes.’
    • ‘Caleb woke up with a great big yawn, his carmine tongue flicking over the roof of his mouth.’
    • ‘She closed the folder and licked her carmine lips in a rare gesture of apprehension.’
    • ‘In the pictures of girls - Miss Catherine Tatton is an extreme example - black and carmine are applied so crisply that you would, today, think of mascara and lipstick.’
    • ‘This spiraea is common and sometimes derided because of this, but it is an easy-to-grow deciduous shrub with attractive reddish young leaves that mature to dark green and lovely deep carmine pink flowers from mid to late summer.’
    scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine red, wine-coloured, claret, claret red, claret-coloured, blood red
    1. 1.1A vivid crimson pigment made from cochineal.
      ‘Also seek out natural sugar substitutes like stevia and natural food colors like annatto, carmine, carotene, and turmeric.’
      • ‘It produces the colorant cochineal, otherwise known as carmine or E120.’
      • ‘The carmine is used in an aqueous solution with potassium carbonate and potassium chloride. Glycogen stains bright red.’
      • ‘The customer relations representative assured us that carmine and cochineal are natural colors, and correctly so.’
      • ‘Peru produces 80 percent of it as raw insect and only 18 percent in the form of carmine.’


Early 18th century from French carmin, based on Arabic qirmiz (see kermes). Compare with crimson.