Definition of magenta in English:


Line breaks: ma¦genta
Pronunciation: /məˈdʒɛntə


[mass noun]
1A light mauvish-crimson which is one of the primary subtractive colours, complementary to green: bright pink double flowers each lined in dark magenta [as modifier]: a short magenta dress
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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.
reddish-purple, purplish-red, crimson, mauvish-crimson, carmine red, fuchsia, fuchsin
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.


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

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