- a rare variety of beryl that is colored green by chromium and valued as a gem.
- emerald green.
- 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.
Origin of emerald
Examples from the Web for emerald
But they had not quit and here they now were as the Emerald Society Pipes and Drums came into the Garden.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
In April, the 19-year-old brunette in an emerald gown was crowned Miss Honduras.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
My first week in Tel Aviv was one meeting followed by another, affording little time to enjoy this emerald by the sea of a city.
Diana found to have Irish ancestry - so will William, Kate and baby George now visit the Emerald Isle?Princess Diana's Irish Roots
February 28, 2014
Most notably is the Bulgari collar, part of Taylor's "Emerald Suite" collection, which sold for $6.5 million in 2011.Eric Wilson Named InStyle's Fashion News Director; Christopher Bailey Replaces Angela Ahrendts as Burberry CEO
The Fashion Beast Team
October 15, 2013
Also introduced the brogue and the shamrock into the Emerald Isle.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
We were soon in bed, and at ten o'clock started for Emerald and Springsure.
At Emerald, the rail to Springsure branches off from the main line to Barceldine.
There 's scarce a snake of any size hasn't an emerald or splice of gold in him.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
It lies between the Duke's and Squire Hillcrist's—an emerald isle.The Skin Game (Fourth Series Plays)
- a green transparent variety of beryl: highly valued as a gem
- the clear green colour of an emerald
- (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 and History for emerald
"bright green precious stone," c.1300, emeraude, from Old French esmeraude (12c.), from Medieval Latin esmaraldus, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos "green gem" (emerald or malachite), from Semitic baraq "shine" (cf. Hebrew bareqeth "emerald," Arabic barq "lightning").
Sanskrit maragdam "emerald" is from the same source, as is Persian zumurrud, whence Turkish zümrüd, source of Russian izumrud "emerald."
In early examples the word, like most other names of precious stones, is of vague meaning; the mediæval references to the stone are often based upon the descriptions given by classical writers of the smaragdus, the identity of which with our emerald is doubtful. [OED]
Emerald Isle for "Ireland" is from 1795.
- A transparent, green form of the mineral beryl. It is valued as a gem.