cerulean

[suh-roo-lee-uh n]

adjective, noun

deep blue; sky blue; azure.
Heraldry. a sky-blue tincture, used especially on the Continent.

Nearby words

  1. certified public accountant,
  2. certify,
  3. certiorari,
  4. certitude,
  5. certosina,
  6. cerulean blue,
  7. cerulean warbler,
  8. cerulein,
  9. ceruloplasmin,
  10. cerumen

Origin of cerulean

1660–70; < Latin caerule(us) dark blue, azure (akin to caelum sky) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for cerulean

cerulean

noun

  1. a deep blue colour; azure
  2. (as adjective)a cerulean sea

Word Origin for cerulean

C17: from Latin caeruleus, probably from caelum sky

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Word Origin and History for cerulean

cerulean

adj.

1660s, with -an + Latin caeruleus "blue, dark blue, blue-green," perhaps dissimilated from caelulum, diminutive of caelum "heaven, sky," of uncertain origin (see celestial). The Latin word was applied by Roman authors to the sky, the Mediterranean, and occasionally to leaves or fields. As a noun, from 1756.

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