Definition of Turkey red in US English:

Turkey red


  • 1A scarlet textile dye obtained from madder or alizarin.

    • ‘It was mined in ancient Greece and then sold to the Turks who used it to make a beautiful red dye known as Turkey red.’
    • ‘They sent their fabric to Turkey red specialists to be dyed.’
    1. 1.1 The color of Turkey red textile dye.
    2. 1.2 Cotton cloth dyed with Turkey red, popular in the 19th century.
      • ‘The diagonal chain effect is produced by squares of Turkey red fabric, which, unusually, are of a monochrome printed design.’