[ jeyd ]
/ dʒeɪd /


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.

Origin of jade

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


jade·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jade green (1 of 3)

jade green

noun, adjective

  1. a colour varying from yellowish-green to bluish-green
  2. (as adjective)a jade-green carpet

British Dictionary definitions for jade green (2 of 3)

/ (dʒeɪd) /


  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 forms of jade

jadelike, 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

British Dictionary definitions for jade green (3 of 3)

/ (dʒeɪd) /


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


to exhaust or make exhausted from work or use

Derived forms of jade

jadish, adjectivejadishly, adverbjadishness, noun

Word Origin for jade

C14: of unknown origin
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Science definitions for jade green

[ 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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