Vermeil meaning

vûr'məl, -māl'
Vermilion or a similar bright red color.
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Gilded silver, bronze, or copper.
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Bright red in color.
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The color vermilion.
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Gilded or gold-colored copper, bronze, or silver.
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Vermilion.
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(poetic, now rare) Bright scarlet, vermilion.
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(poetic, now rare) Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.
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(poetic) Vermilion; bright red.
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Silver gilt or gilt bronze.
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A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.
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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