- 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
Examples from the Web for azure
Contemporary Examples of azure
Per Pale means that the Shield is divided vertically with one half blue (Azure) and the other half red (Gules).William and Kate's New Conjugal Coat of Arms
September 27, 2013
Historical Examples of azure
His robes were of azure silk, and floated in graceful folds as he passed along.Imogen
Even the azure, the everlasting azure, began to pall upon him.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
These vapours, moreover, alone clouded the purity of the azure above.King Candaules
A shadow, azure as the light that tints the sapphire, accompanies her.The Child of Pleasure
The azure billows of the sea splashed round the planks of the vessel.The Coming Conquest of England
- 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 for azure
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.
- Any of various dyes used in biological stains, especially for blood and nuclear staining.