General English


  • noun a rush of red colour to the skin of the face, caused by emotion


  • a style of pale pink wine that is sweeter and has a more fruity flavour than a rosé. The most common grape source is the red Zinfandel, but some blush wines are made from black grapes such as Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. The juice is left in contact with the grape skins for only a short period of time.

Origin & History of “blush”

modern English blush is a descendant of Old English blyscan ‘turn red, blush’, which was related to and perhaps derived from Old English blȳsa ‘firebrand, torch’. Similarities of form and meaning make it tempting to compare blaze, which meant ‘torch’ in Old English and came from a prehistoric Germanic *blasōn, but no connection has ever been established. middle Dutch blosen ‘glow’ may be an intermediate form.