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[sahr-dee-uh s]
  1. sard.
  2. the precious stone, thought to have been a ruby, in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest. Ex. 28:17.
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Origin of sardius

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek sárdios (stone) of Sardis
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Examples from the Web for sardius

Historical Examples

  • "My sardius alone is worth thy trireme," said Ben Ezra, frankly.

    Ulric the Jarl

    William O. Stoddard

  • Sister Smith, mother of Sardius and Alma, has told some of the experiences which she passed through during that awful time.

  • And they set in it four rows of stones: a row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle was the first row.

    The Bible Story

    Rev. Newton Marshall Hall

  • The name was derived from Sardius, a city of Lydia whence fine carnelians are obtained.

  • Behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne 4:3 that looked like a jasper stone and a sardius.

British Dictionary definitions for sardius


  1. Old Testament a precious stone, probably a ruby, set in the breastplate of the high priest
  2. another name for sard
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Word Origin

C14: via Late Latin from Greek sardios, from Sardeis Sardis
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