noun, plural ru·bies.
Origin of ruby
British Dictionary definitions for rubier
noun plural -bies
- the deep-red colour of a ruby
- (as adjective)ruby lips
- something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
- (as modifier)ruby necklace
Word Origin for ruby
Word Origin and History for rubier
"clear rich-red variety of corundum," c.1300, from Old French rubi (12c.), from Medieval Latin rubinus lapis "red stone" (cf. Italian rubino), from Latin rubeus "red," related to ruber (see red). As a color name from 1570s. As an adjective from late 15c. Modern French rubis is not explained; Klein suggests a plural mistaken for singular.