azure

[azh-er]

adjective

of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded sky.
Heraldry. of the tincture or color blue.

noun

the blue of a clear or unclouded sky.
a light, purplish blue.
Heraldry. the tincture or color blue.
the clear, cloudless sky.

Nearby words

  1. azuela,
  2. azuela, mariano,
  3. azuero peninsula,
  4. azuki bean,
  5. azulejo,
  6. azuresin,
  7. azurite,
  8. azurmalachite,
  9. azurophil,
  10. azusa

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

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British Dictionary definitions for azure

azure

noun

a deep blue, occasionally somewhat purple, similar to the colour of a clear blue sky
poetic a clear blue sky

adjective

of the colour azure; serene
(usually postpositive) heraldry of the colour blue

Word Origin for azure

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

azure

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for azure

azure

[ăzhər]

n.

Any of various dyes used in biological stains, especially for blood and nuclear staining.

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