Definition of vermeil in English:



  • 1Gilded 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 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-red
    View synonyms


Late Middle English (in vermeil): from Old French (see vermilion).