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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for azure

blue, cerulean

Examples from the Web for azure

Contemporary Examples of azure

Historical Examples of azure

  • His robes were of azure silk, and floated in graceful folds as he passed along.


    William Godwin

  • Even the azure, the everlasting azure, began to pall upon him.

  • These vapours, moreover, alone clouded the purity of the azure above.

    King Candaules

    Thophile Gautier

  • A shadow, azure as the light that tints the sapphire, accompanies her.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

  • The azure billows of the sea splashed round the planks of the vessel.

British Dictionary definitions for azure


  1. a deep blue, occasionally somewhat purple, similar to the colour of a clear blue sky
  2. poetic a clear blue sky
  1. of the colour azure; serene
  2. (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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

azure in Medicine


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