American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A light purplish-blue.
- n. Heraldry The color blue.
- n. The blue sky.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lapis lazuli.
- n. The fine blue color of the sky: as, “her eyes a bashful azure,”
- n. A name formerly applied to several sky-colored or blue pigments, but now used for cobalt blue (which see, under blue). It has been applied to— that made from lapis lazuli, called genuine ultramarine;
- n. The sky, or blue vault of heaven.
- n. In heraldry, the tincture blue, which in uncolored drawings or engravings is represented by shading in horizontal lines. Often abbreviated to az.
- Resembling the clear blue color of the sky; sky-blue.
- To color blue.
- n. heraldry A blue colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
- n. The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
- n. poetic The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
- n. Lapis lazuli.
- adj. Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue colour of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
- adj. heraldry In blazon, of the colour blue.
- v. transitive To colour blue.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue color of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
- n. obsolete The lapis lazuli.
- n. The clear blue color of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this color.
- n. The blue vault above; the unclouded sky.
- n. (Her.) A blue color, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
- v. To color blue.
- n. a light shade of blue
- adj. of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky
- v. color azure
- Old French azur, derived from Arabic لازوَرْد (lāzaward, "lapis lazuli"), dropping the l as if it were equivalent to the French article l'. The Arabic is from Persian لاجورد (lajward, "azure"), from the region of Lajward in Turkestan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French azur, from Medieval Latin azura, from Arabic al-lāzaward, the azure : al-, the + lāzaward, azure (from Persian lājward, lapis lazuli). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This was particularly hard to do since, just before we went on the air, ABC had shown a series of exchanges between police and demonstrators which made it quite clear that the boys in azure blue were on a great lark. beating up everyone in sight.”
“So he stood waist-deep in the grass and looked regretfully across the rolling savannah and the soft-swelling foothills to the Lion's Head, a massive peak of rock that upreared into the azure from the midmost centre of Guadalcanar, a landmark used for bearings by every coasting mariner, a mountain as yet untrod by the foot of a white man.”
“It is the Accidentally On-Purpose Drop-Stitch Vest from the book Stitch 'n Bitch Nation, in azure, a cheerful and summery shade of blue.”
“The impression of an unending azure is broken only by the appearance of five yellow flowers: one painted on each hand, one on her forehead, one on her upper chest and one on her stomach.”
“To use Browning's words, Scott "fished the murex up," so that Carlyle outdid Macaulay in "azure feats.”
“So he stood waist-deep in the grass and looked regretfully across the rolling savannah and the soft-swelling foothills to the Lion's Head, a massive peak of rock that upreared into the azure from the midmost centre of”
“To have to care for my dress at this time of day more than I ever did when young and pretty and happy (God bless me, to think that I was once all that!) on penalty of being regarded as a blot on the Grange gold and azure, is really too bad.”
“Next is the obligatory blue space which I guess I would describe as azure a place called Danube would have.”
“A soft wind blew the bright tendrils of her hair across her cheeks; her skin was like a little girl's, rose and snow, smooth as a child's; her eyes clearly, darkly blue -- the hue and tint called azure -- like the colour of the zenith on some still June day.”
“The blue appears firm as if solid above the angle of the stonework, for while looking towards it -- towards the north -- the rays do not come through the azure, which is therefore colour without life.”
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