- either of two minerals, jadeite or nephrite, sometimes green, highly esteemed as an ornamental stone for carvings, jewelry, etc.
- an object, as a carving, made from this material.
- Also called jade green. green, varying from bluish green to yellowish green.
Origin of jade1
- a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
- a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.
- to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.
Origin of jade2
Examples from the Web for jade
The result is a jade green soup that is smooth and gently tonic.A California Tavern With an Artichoke Obsession
Jane & Michael Stern
June 1, 2014
In 1996 the demand got so overwhelming that I made [Jade and Pearl] my focus.
Starita first opened Jade and Pearl in 1974, but always maintained it as a side project while holding down full-time jobs.
After Mrs. Butterfield retreats upstairs, she goes to have sex with her husband, only to realize that Jade has her diaphragm.What the New ‘Endless Love’s Fireplace Sex Scene Is Missing
February 13, 2014
Jade McCauley, a deputy sheriff came into the room at that moment.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
A man who entrusts his heart to a woman has a jade for his banker.Viviette
William J. Locke
That jade of yours, Toinette, has grown more insolent than ever.
Then round about him the Herd Boy saw forests of chrysophrase and trees of jade.The Chinese Fairy Book
The jade had to come to him, at last, completely subdued, as in the “Taming of the Shrew.”Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
I held the crystal globe in one hand and the jade talisman in the other.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
- a semiprecious stone consisting of either jadeite or nephrite. It varies in colour from white to green and is used for making ornaments and jewellery
- (as modifier)jade ornaments
- the green colour of jade
- (as modifier)a jade skirt
- an old overworked horse; nag; hack
- derogatory, or facetious a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable
- to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
Word Origin and History for jade
ornamental stone, 1721, earlier iada (1590s), from French le jade, error for earlier l'ejade, from Spanish piedra de (la) ijada (1560s), "stone of colic, pain in the side" (jade was thought to cure this), from Vulgar Latin *iliata, from Latin ilia (plural) "flanks, kidney area" (see ileum).
"worn-out horse," late 14c., "cart horse," of uncertain origin. Barnhart suggests a variant of yaid, yald "whore," literally "mare," from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse jalda "mare," from Finno-Ugric (cf. Mordvin al'd'a "mare"). But OED finds the assumption of a Scandinavian connection "without reason." As a term of abuse for a woman, it dates from 1550s.
- A hard gemstone that is pale green or white and consists either of the mineral jadeite (a pyroxene) or the mineral nephrite (an amphibole). It usually forms within metamorphic rocks.