[em-er-uh ld, em-ruh ld]


a rare variety of beryl that is colored green by chromium and valued as a gem.
Printing. (in Britain) a 6½-point type of a size between nonpareil and minion.
Ornithology. any of numerous small bright green hummingbirds of the genus Chlorostilbon.


having a clear, deep-green color.

Nearby words

  1. emelina,
  2. emeline,
  3. emend,
  4. emendate,
  5. emendation,
  6. emerald cut,
  7. emerald green,
  8. emerald isle,
  9. emerald moth,
  10. emerge

Origin of emerald

1250–1300; Middle English emeraude, emeralde < Anglo-French, Old French esmeraude, esmeralde, esmeragde < Latin smaragdus < Greek smáragdos; probably ultimately < Semitic b-r-q shine (≫ Sanskrit marāk(a)la emerald)

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British Dictionary definitions for emerald



a green transparent variety of beryl: highly valued as a gem
  1. the clear green colour of an emerald
  2. (as adjective)an emerald carpet
(formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 6 1/2 point
short for emerald moth

Word Origin for emerald

C13: from Old French esmeraude, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos; related to Sanskrit marakata emerald

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Word Origin and History for emerald


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Science definitions for emerald



A transparent, green form of the mineral beryl. It is valued as a gem.
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