from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A peculiar dull shade of blue used on Chinese porcelain. See the extract.


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  • He favors khaki slacks, light-mauve or powder-blue shirts, and nice ties.

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  • Another top British entry at Christie's will be Thomas Gainsborough's portrait of the beautiful Miss Read, later Mrs. William Villebois, dressed to kill in shimmering powder-blue silk from circa 1775-1777 estimate: £4 million-£6 million.

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  • The gray-haired Mr. Nicholson, wearing black sunglasses, a plaid coat and open-collared powder-blue shirt, was accompanied by New York City Police detectives and left without commenting.

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  • Another patch of color is planned for a pleasant outdoor courtyard at the back, in powder-blue Astroturf.

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  • District Court on Monday, each 18, pale and slender in powder-blue pants and smocks that looked like hospital scrubs.

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  • Out of this terror they build upwards into a great momentary cathedral of birds and the peregrine, shining powder-blue even in this flat light, twists down upon them.

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  • I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them.

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  • There wasn't anybody but some young married screaming with her children about some candy they didn't get by the door of a powder-blue Falcon station wagon.

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  • The ancient man in the Caddy, dressed in a powder-blue suit, white cowboy hat and string tie, chuckled, nodded, and said "How'd ya do!"

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  • The trophy went to Baylor University's thrilling quarterback Robert Griffin III, who charmed the ceremony audience when he lifted a trouser leg to reveal a powder-blue Superman sock, with a tiny red cape running down the back of his ankle.

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