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[jeyd] /dʒeɪd/
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
obsolete Spanish
1585-95; < French < Italian giada < obsolete Spanish (piedra de) ijada (stone of) colic < Vulgar Latin *iliata, equivalent to Latin īli(a) flanks (see ilium) + -ata -ate1; so called because supposed to cure nephritic colic
Related forms
jadelike, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for jade green
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  • For instance, why does she always wear that jade green charm?

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • Harriet Kennedy would have dressed her in jade green to match her eyes, and with long jade earrings, and made her a fashion.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • So far below that no sound of its strife could reach us, the Yellowstone River ran a finger-wide strip of jade green.

    American Notes Rudyard Kipling
  • And far down at the bottom winds the jade green ribbon of the Yellowstone.

    Yellowstone via Gallatin Gateway Montana Milwaukee Road Corporation
  • The woman had propped herself up in bed and was fingering the jade green elephant charm which hung on its slender chain.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • He did not have much to say in return, but he studied the jade green elephant and the paper with deep interest.

    Voice from the Cave Mildred A. Wirt
  • The furniture in this room is of black and gold lacquer, and the rug and hangings are of jade green.

    The House in Good Taste

    Elsie de Wolfe
  • She has a lovely frock, jade green tulle with a girdle of gold brocade.

    The Trumpeter Swan Temple Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for jade green

jade green

noun, adjective
  1. a colour varying from yellowish-green to bluish-green
  2. (as adjective): a jade-green carpet


  1. 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
  2. (as modifier): jade ornaments
  1. the green colour of jade
  2. (as modifier): a jade skirt
Derived Forms
jadelike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Italian giada, from obsolete Spanish piedra de ijada colic stone (literally: stone of the flank, because it was believed to cure renal colic); ijada, from Vulgar Latin īliata (unattested) flanks, from Latin īlia, plural of īlium; see ileum


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
Derived Forms
jadish, adjective
jadishly, adverb
jadishness, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for jade green



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.



"to weary, tire out, make dull," c.1600, from jade (n.2). Related: Jaded; jading.

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jade green in Science
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.
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