Vermeil Definition

vûrməl, -māl
The color vermilion.
Webster's New World
Gilded or gold-colored copper, bronze, or silver.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
Bright red in color.
American Heritage

(poetic, now rare) Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.


Origin of Vermeil

  • Middle English vermail from Old French vermeil from Late Latin vermiculus a kind of red worm from Latin grub diminutive of vermis worm wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French vermeil (“vermilion"), from Latin vermiculus (“little worm"), from vermis (“worm"), ultimately in reference to Kermes vermilio, a type of scale insect used to make a crimson dye.

    From Wiktionary

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