a crimson or purplish-red color.
a crimson pigment obtained from cochineal.
Contemporary Examples

But in the book, Father carmine just has one unhealthy tabby cat.
What’s Real in The Rite Seth Colter Walls January 30, 2011

Or Mr. carmine, a Yonkers toupee-maker with a thick Italian accent and a (very) full head of gray hair.
In ‘Mansome,’ Morgan Spurlock Takes On Modern Masculinity Jessica Bennett April 26, 2012

He went on: “We told her (carmine) that Jacintha was admitted to hospital for blood pressure problems.”
Tragic Kate Middleton Nurse Had Made Two Previous Suicide Attempts Tom Sykes December 23, 2012

Cooper and Renner are solid as the loose cannon Richie and the upstanding carmine, respectively.
‘American Hustle’: A Sexy, Gleefully Chaotic Caper Starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence Marlow Stern December 9, 2013

Historical Examples

When heated in a tube, oxide of selenium of a carmine red rises along with selenic acid, white and deliquescent.
A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines Andrew Ure

Her carmine lips vaticinated with an extraordinary rapidity.
Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad

Mr. carmine was standing in the hall with his legs very wide apart reading The Times for the fourth time.
Mr. Britling Sees It Through H. G. Wells

carmine caught on his thirty-five yards, made a short gain and was downed.
Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour

The paper is a very white wove variety, and the color of the impression is in carmine.
Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery Clifton Armstrong Howes

They could only be of love; for he saw the carmine on her cheeks as she listened to them.
The Free Lances Mayne Reid


a vivid red colour, sometimes with a purplish tinge
(as adjective): carmine paint

a pigment of this colour obtained from cochineal

1712, originally of the dyestuff, from French carmin (12c.), from Medieval Latin carminium, from Arabic qirmiz “crimson” (see kermes). Form influenced in Latin by minium “red lead, cinnabar,” a word said to be of Iberian origin. As an adjective from 1737; as a color name from 1799.

carmine car·mine (kär’mĭn, -mīn’)
A crimson pigment derived from cochineal.


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