See also: Vermillion



vermillion (countable and uncountable, plural vermillions)

  1. Alternative spelling of vermilion


vermillion (comparative more vermillion, superlative most vermillion)

  1. Alternative spelling of vermilion


vermillion (third-person singular simple present vermillions, present participle vermillioning, simple past and past participle vermillioned or vermillion'd)

  1. (archaic) Alternative spelling of vermilion

Usage notesEdit

  • Some authorities[who?] view this as a misspelling; others consider it a valid but perhaps dated alternative.
  • It is entered as a second-listed spelling without prejudice or usage note in major dictionaries.[1][2][3]
  • The Oxford English Dictionary online includes 23 citations of the noun or adjective with this spelling, ranging in date from 1597 to 1865,[4] as well as nine citations of the verb from 1656 to 1849.[5]
  • About 30% of the usage of vermilion/vermillion in the US (COCA) is in this spelling. In modern British usage, this spelling is rare (only 2 publications in the BNC, out of thousands).
  • Only the one-L spelling appears in Webster's 1828, 1841 and 1913 dictionaries.

Derived termsEdit


  1. ^ vermillion” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  2. ^ vermillion” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016, →ISBN.
  3. ^ “vermilion (also vermillion)”, in Oxford Dictionaries[1], Oxford University Press, accessed 2018-11-26
  4. ^ vermilion, n. and adj.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  5. ^ vermilion, v.”, in OED Online  , Oxford: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.

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