from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A moderate to pale blue or purplish blue.

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  • n. A very pale blue colour.
  • adj. Of a very pale blue colour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pale blue color with grey in it
  • adj. of a moderate to pale blue or purplish blue


From the color of powdered smalt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • So they drove to the mall—not to Mr. Sam’s where all the shoes would have been made by Wah Ming Chow when she wasn’t hand-cutting powder blue suits for the Reverend—found a Rockport store, and paid for a pair each, one cordovan wing-tips, the other less fashionable, beige walkers.

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  • In a spectacular bit of chance, a tall maple nearby, sheltered as it was by a protective corner in the rock wall, was not yet denuded, but displayed a wide spread of leaves so orange they looked tangy against the powder blue sky above.

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  • She wore a zip-up, powder blue hoodie with a drawstring tie, white Vans slip-ons, and ass-tight jean shorts with knee cuffs.

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  • My sister Shanae and my cousin Tracey looked beautiful, adorned in powder blue gunnysack formal dresses.

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  • Then someone poked him in the ribs and he looked down and saw a black hole in the lapel of his powder blue Wah Ming Chow custom suit.

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  • That's a lot of powder.

    August 13, 2008

  • Can you imagine? In 1962 my mother bought me a pair of powder blue patent leather flats to wear for Easter, along with a powder blue dress and a skimmer
    with a powder blue ribbon hatband and streamers.

    February 11, 2008

  • Powder blue may refer to two different colors. Originally, it referred to a dark blue color, but it has since come to refer to a pale blue color (perhaps resulting from confusion over the word's origin), possibly because the name reminded people of baby powder and so people thought of it as a color similar to baby blue. The original color is now called dark powder blue.

    February 11, 2008