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Webster 1913 Edition


Vermeil

Ver′meil

,
Noun.
[F., vermilion, fr. LL.
vermiculus
, fr. L.
vermiculus
a little worm, the coccus Indicus, from
vermis
a worm. See
Worm
, and cf.
Vermicule
.]
1.
Vermilion; also, the color of vermilion, a bright, beautiful red.
[Poetic & R.]
In her cheeks the
vermeill
red did show
Like roses in a bed of lilies shed.
Spenser.
2.
Silver gilt or gilt bronze.
3.
A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.
Knight.

Webster 1828 Edition


Vermeil

VERMEIL.

[See Vermilion.]

Definition 2022


vermeil

vermeil

English

Alternative forms

Adjective

vermeil (comparative more vermeil, superlative most vermeil)

French vermeil work
  1. (poetic, now rare) Bright scarlet, vermilion.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.3:
      And in her cheekes the vermeill red did shew / Like roses in a bed of lillies shed [].
  2. (poetic, now rare) Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.

Noun

vermeil (plural vermeils)

  1. (poetic) Vermilion; bright red.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      The mortall steele stayed not till it was seene / To gore her side; yet was the wound not deepe, / But lightly rased her soft silken skin, / That drops of purple blood thereout did weepe, / Which did her lilly smock with staines of vermeil steep.
  2. Silver gilt or gilt bronze.
  3. A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.

French

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *vermiclus, from Latin vermiculus (little worm).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /vɛʁmɛj/

Adjective

vermeil m (feminine singular vermeille, masculine plural vermeils, feminine plural vermeilles)

  1. bright red; vermilion
  2. (of mouth, lips, etc.) ruby; cherry
  3. rosy

Noun

vermeil m (plural vermeils)

  1. vermeil (gold-plated silver with a reddish hue)

Middle French

Etymology

Old French vermeil.

Adjective

vermeil m (feminine singular vermeille, masculine plural vermeils, feminine plural vermeilles)

  1. vermillion

Descendants

References

  • vermeil on Dictionnaire du Moyen Français (1330-1500) (in French)

Old French

Alternative forms

Adjective

vermeil m (oblique and nominative feminine singular vermeile)

  1. vermillion

Declension

Descendants