Definition of Turkey red in US English:

Turkey red


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

    • ‘They sent their fabric to Turkey red specialists to be dyed.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’