[ suh-roo-lee-uh n ]
/ səˈru li ən /

adjective, noun

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

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


/ (sɪˈruːlɪən) /


  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



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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