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.’
- ‘Made from gold vermeil hardware, vintage plastic beads, and Swarovski crystal chain, they come in three varieties.’
- ‘Those with a vermeil medal at national level could enter the international level.’
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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