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[ roo-bee ]


, plural ru·bies.
  1. a red variety of corundum, used as a gem.
  2. something made of this stone or one of its imitations, as a bearing in a watch.
  3. a deep-red port wine.
  4. deep red; carmine.
  5. Ruby, Digital Technology. an open-source, high-level programming language that is purely object-oriented.
  6. British Printing. a 5½-point type, nearly corresponding in size to American agate.


  1. ruby-colored:

    ruby lips.

  2. containing or set or adorned with a ruby or rubies:

    a ruby necklace.



[ roo-bee ]


  1. a female given name.


/ ˈruːbɪ /


  1. a deep red transparent precious variety of corundum: occurs naturally in Myanmar and Sri Lanka but is also synthesized. It is used as a gemstone, in lasers, and for bearings and rollers in watchmaking. Formula: Al 2 O 3
    1. the deep-red colour of a ruby
    2. ( as adjective )

      ruby lips

    1. something resembling, made of, or containing a ruby
    2. ( as modifier )

      ruby necklace

  2. modifier denoting a fortieth anniversary

    our ruby wedding

  3. (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 5 1 2 point


/ ro̅o̅ /

  1. A deep-red, translucent variety of the mineral corundum, containing small amounts of chromium and valued as a gem.
  2. Compare sapphire

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Derived Forms

  • ˈruby-ˌlike, adjective

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Other Words From

  • ruby·like adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ruby1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English noun rubi from Old French, from Old Provençal robi(n) , from Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis) “red (stone),” derivative of Latin ruber, rubeus red 1

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Origin of ruby1

C14: from Old French rubi , from Latin rubeus reddish, from ruber red

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Example Sentences

One of them, about a shelter dog named Ruby, is the basis for Netflix’s upcoming “Rescued by Ruby.”

Some of Mattie and Eddie’s handiwork — ruby velvet curtains — have yet to be hung.

Tokuyama and her colleagues also noticed that a female bonobo named Chio, estimated to be in her mid-50s, had adopted an orphan the team dubbed Ruby.

Ruby’s father lost his job when he refused to pull his daughter from the school, and the local grocery store began turning away the family’s business.

I tried to explain to Ruby what had happened, and she listened, but I didn’t raise my kids with television so she listened and heard but didn’t necessarily grasp how crazy of a moment this brief moment was for me.

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Ruby also danced in a chorus of a Hollywood club for a while, as her marriage deteriorated and finally ended in divorce.

But Ruby Pearl kept order, and the more responsibility she took the more Spahn relied upon her.

In the last few years, however, Spahn gradually began to notice changes in Ruby Pearl.

After Spahn had obtained the movie ranch, Ruby applied for a job there and was hired.

At one community fair, in Thousand Oaks, Ruby met a man, a wrestler, who would become her next husband.

He went back to his praying mat and bent again toward the west, where the Holy Kaaba enshrines the ruby sent down from heaven.

As a rule, Ruby Ann was popular with the majority of the people, and there had been some opposition to a change.

Mrs. Biggs had not expected Ruby Ann to call, and her face wore a vinegary expression when she opened the door to her.

Then he spoke of Ruby Ann, the biggest woman he ever saw, he believed, and just the one for a school-teacher.

But he did not want any money but his own spent for it, and he believed he'd speak to Ruby Ann and have it put aside for him.


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More About Ruby

What does ruby mean?

A ruby is a transparent red gemstone. Rubies are one of the most well-known gemstones, along with diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires.

They are classified as precious gems, meaning that they have a high commercial value. Rubies are quite rare and are considered one of the most valuable gems. Besides diamond, ruby is one of the hardest known natural substances.

The ruby is the traditional birthstone for the month of July. It is associated with the zodiac signs Capricorn and Leo.

The word ruby is also used to refer to a jewel-toned red color or describe things that are that color. The word is often used in the term ruby red, as in Look at that ruby red sports car! 

The word ruby is sometimes used to describe a 40-year anniversary, as in It’s my parents’ ruby anniversary this year—I can’t believe they’ve been married for 40 years!

Ruby is also a given name, traditionally a female one.

It’s also the name of a programming language.

Example: The ring features a large ruby surrounded by diamonds. 

Where does ruby come from?

The first records of the word ruby come from the 1300s. It comes from the Medieval Latin rubīnus (lapis), meaning “red (stone).” It ultimately derives from the Latin ruber or rubeus, meaning “red.”

Rubies are a red variety of the mineral corundum, a form of aluminum oxide. Traces of chromium and other minerals are responsible for its brilliant red coloring. (Sapphires are a blue variety of corundum.)

Historically, rubies have been mined primarily in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, though they can be found in other places. Some rubies are synthetic, meaning they are manufactured in a lab.

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Rubies are one of the most well-known gems. The word ruby is often used to describe things that are a deep, jewel-toned red, especially in the term ruby red.

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Rubies and sapphires are different varieties of the mineral corundum.




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