Definition of magenta in English:

magenta

Syllabification: ma·gen·ta
Pronunciation: /məˈjentə
 
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noun

  • 1A light purplish red that is one of the primary subtractive colors, complementary to green.
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    • Painted on top of each are geometric shapes that range from dark green to magenta to off-white.
    • Fake furs are presented in an especially trendy style - in fashionable colours from magenta to lime green and cyan blue.
    • The dancers are in flat slippers, the costumes are in bold autumnal colours of magenta, orange and dark yellow, and the girls have their hair loose.
    Synonyms
    reddish-purple, purplish-red, crimson, plum, carmine red, fuchsia
    literary incarnadine
  • 1.1The dye fuchsin.
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    • The synthetic dye magenta was the next major commercial success.
    • The red-violet dye magenta was first produced commercially in France in 1858.
    • Occasionally the dyes, such as magenta, mauve, the bright blues, or Metternich green, initiated the fashion.

Origin

mid 19th century: named after Magenta in northern Italy, site of a battle (1859) fought shortly before the dye (of bloodlike color) was discovered.

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