- any gem variety of corundum other than the ruby, especially one of the blue varieties.
- a gem of this kind.
- the color of this gem, a deep blue.
- resembling sapphire; deep blue: a sapphire sky.
Origin of sapphire
Examples from the Web for sapphire
One Sapphire, Kay, falls for a black soldier, even as she struggles with her Aboriginal identity.‘The Sapphires’: Tony Briggs and His Mum on Racism in Australia, Music & More
March 22, 2013
His highly acclaimed, and highly controversial, 2009 film, Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, is a case in point.Lee Daniels: Cannes Film Festival’s Mischief Maker
May 27, 2012
“In my original notes I had that Precious would have a baby girl, then here comes this boy,” Sapphire says with a laugh.
Sapphire says that had she not already finished much of The Kid, the criticism would have “stopped me dead in my tracks.”
“The logical or realistic way this story would end up would be total disaster,” says Sapphire.
If you will force my modesty to the confession I believe in my heart that it is a sapphire.The Incomplete Amorist
Of course, Mr. Bunter, the mate of the Sapphire, was not black.
Look out, Johns, he don't cut your throat for you and run off with the Sapphire.
This last was true of them all, with the exception of the mate of the Sapphire.
The harbor lay still and beautiful, a sapphire sheet in the morning calm.Glory of Youth
- any precious corundum gemstone that is not red, esp the highly valued transparent blue variety. A synthetic form is used in electronics and precision apparatus. Formula: Al 2 O 3
- (as modifier)a sapphire ring
- the blue colour of sapphire
- (as adjective)sapphire eyes
Word Origin and History for sapphire
"precious stone next in hardness to a diamond," mid-13c., from Old French saphir (12c.) and directly from Latin sapphirus (cf. Spanish zafir, Italian zaffiro), from Greek sappheiros "blue stone" (the gem meant apparently was not the one that now has the name, but perhaps rather "lapis lazuli," the modern sapphire being perhaps signified by Greek hyakinthos), from a Semitic source (cf. Hebrew sappir "sapphire"), but probably not ultimately from Semitic. Some linguists propose an origin in Sanskrit sanipriya, a dark precious stone (perhaps sapphire or emerald), literally "sacred to Saturn," from Sani "Saturn" + priyah "precious." In Renaissance lapidaries, it was said to cure anger and stupidity. As an adjective from early 15c. Related: Sapphiric; sapphirine.
- A clear, fairly pure form of the mineral corundum that is usually blue but may be any color except red. It often contains small amounts of oxides of cobalt, chromium, and titanium and is valued as a gem. Compare ruby.