Definition of magenta in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈjen(t)ə/


1A light purplish red that is one of the primary subtractive colors, complementary to green.
Example sentences
  • 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.
reddish-purple, purplish-red, crimson, plum, carmine red, fuchsia
literary incarnadine
1.1The dye fuchsin.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

  • This colour owes its name to Magenta in northern Italy, the site of a battle in 1859 fought shortly before the dye was discovered.

Words that rhyme with magenta

assenter, cementer, centre (US center), concentre (US concenter), dissenter, enter, eventer, fermenter (US fermentor), fomenter, frequenter, inventor, lamenter, placenta, polenta, precentor, presenter, preventer, repenter, tenter, tormentor

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Syllabification: ma·gen·ta

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