powder blue



a pale blue diluted with gray.

Origin of powder blue

First recorded in 1700–10
Related formspow·der-blue, adjective
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Examples from the Web for powder blue

Contemporary Examples of powder blue

Historical Examples of powder blue

  • "It hasn't got the new sleeves," said Flossie, fondling her powder-blue.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair

  • A pair of powder-blue teapots relieved with panels decorated with flowers in "famille verte."

  • "Shoot," he said, replacing the "powder-blue" and carefully closing and locking the case.

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

  • After this dust the surface with the finest sifted whiting or powder-blue, and polish it with a silk handkerchief or soft cloth.

  • The girl appeared at the door of the bedroom, wrapping a powder-blue negligee around her.

British Dictionary definitions for powder blue

powder blue


  1. a dusty pale blue colour
  2. (as adjective)a powder-blue coat
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