vermeil (comparative more vermeil, superlative most vermeil)
French vermeil work
- (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 […].
- (poetic, now rare) Specifically of faces, lips etc.: red, ruddy, healthy-looking.
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essayes, London: Edward Blount, OCLC 946730821, II.36:
- his carriage; demeanor, and venerable behaviour, in a face so young, vermeill, and heart enflaming […].
vermeil (plural vermeils)
- (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.
- Silver gilt or gilt bronze.
- A liquid composition applied to a gilded surface to give luster to the gold.
vermeil m (oblique and nominative feminine singular vermeile)
Declension of vermeil