jade

1
[jeyd]

noun

either of two minerals, jadeite or nephrite, sometimes green, highly esteemed as an ornamental stone for carvings, jewelry, etc.
an object, as a carving, made from this material.
Also called jade green. green, varying from bluish green to yellowish green.

Nearby words

  1. jaculatory,
  2. jaculiferous,
  3. jacuzzi,
  4. jadassohn-lewandowsky syndrome,
  5. jadassohn-tièche nevus,
  6. jade green,
  7. jade plant,
  8. jaded,
  9. jadedly,
  10. jadeite

Origin of jade

1
1585–95; < French < Italian giada < obsolete Spanish (piedra de) ijada (stone of) colic < Vulgar Latin *iliata, equivalent to Latin īli(a) flanks (see ilium) + -ata -ate1; so called because supposed to cure nephritic colic

Related formsjade·like, adjective

jade

2
[jeyd]

noun

a worn-out, broken-down, worthless, or vicious horse.
a disreputable or ill-tempered woman.

verb (used with or without object), jad·ed, jad·ing.

to make or become dull, worn-out, or weary, as from overwork or overuse.

Origin of jade

2
1350–1400; Middle English; of obscure origin

Related formsjad·ish, adjectivejad·ish·ly, adverbjad·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for jade

jade

1

noun

  1. a semiprecious stone consisting of either jadeite or nephrite. It varies in colour from white to green and is used for making ornaments and jewellery
  2. (as modifier)jade ornaments
  1. the green colour of jade
  2. (as modifier)a jade skirt
Derived Formsjadelike, adjective

Word Origin for jade

C18: from French, from Italian giada, from obsolete Spanish piedra de ijada colic stone (literally: stone of the flank, because it was believed to cure renal colic); ijada, from Vulgar Latin īliata (unattested) flanks, from Latin īlia, plural of īlium; see ileum

noun

an old overworked horse; nag; hack
derogatory, or facetious a woman considered to be ill-tempered or disreputable

verb

to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use
Derived Formsjadish, adjectivejadishly, adverbjadishness, noun

Word Origin for jade

C14: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for jade
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Science definitions for jade

jade

[jād]

A hard gemstone that is pale green or white and consists either of the mineral jadeite (a pyroxene) or the mineral nephrite (an amphibole). It usually forms within metamorphic rocks.
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