One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun, often as modifier Gilded silver or bronze.‘a vermeil candelabrum’
- ‘The ‘Symbols of Freedom’ flag is made of cold-cast porcelain, and the eagle is made of Legends [R] bronze, fine pewter and 24 kt. gold vermeil.’
- ‘Those with a vermeil medal at national level could enter the international level.’
- ‘Made from gold vermeil hardware, vintage plastic beads, and Swarovski crystal chain, they come in three varieties.’
2literary mass noun, often as modifier Vermilion.‘the vermeil flood mounted in her cheeks’scarlet, vermilion, ruby, ruby-red, ruby-coloured, cherry, cherry-red, cerise, cardinal, carmine, wine, wine-red, wine-coloured, claret, claret-red, claret-coloured, blood-redView synonyms
Late Middle English (in vermeil (sense 2)): from Old French (see vermilion).
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