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[azh-er] /ˈæʒ ər/
of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky.
Heraldry. of the tincture or color blue.
the blue of a clear or unclouded sky.
a light, purplish blue.
Heraldry. the tincture or color blue.
the clear, cloudless sky.
Origin of azure
1275-1325; Middle English asure < Anglo-French, Old French, ultimately alteration of Arabic al lazuwar(d) (by misdividing the initial l together with the article) < Persian lāzhuward lapis lazuli Unabridged
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  • His robes were of azure silk, and floated in graceful folds as he passed along.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Even the azure, the everlasting azure, began to pall upon him.

  • These vapours, moreover, alone clouded the purity of the azure above.

    King Candaules Thophile Gautier
  • A shadow, azure as the light that tints the sapphire, accompanies her.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • The azure billows of the sea splashed round the planks of the vessel.

  • Moreover too, Fish-semblances, of green and azure hue, Ready to snort their streams.

    Endymion John Keats
  • No azure field, no streak of green, No shadow, and no breath!

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • The calm, azure pool was alluring with its promise of coolness and rest.

  • It gives the coat of arms as, Chequy or and azure, a chevron ermine.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
British Dictionary definitions for azure


/ˈæʒə; -ʒʊə; ˈeɪ-/
a deep blue, occasionally somewhat purple, similar to the colour of a clear blue sky
(poetic) a clear blue sky
of the colour azure; serene
(usually postpositive) (heraldry) of the colour blue
Word Origin
C14: from Old French azur, from Old Spanish, from Arabic lāzaward lapis lazuli, from Persian lāzhuward
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Word Origin and History for azure

early 14c., from Old French azur, asur, a color name, from a false separation of Arabic (al)-lazaward "lapis lazuli," as though the -l- were the French article l'. The Arabic name is from Persian lajward, from Lajward, a place in Turkestan, mentioned by Marco Polo, where the stone was collected.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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azure in Medicine

azure az·ure (āzh'ər)
Any of various dyes used in biological stains, especially for blood and nuclear staining.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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