of the color ultramarine.
beyond the sea.


a blue pigment consisting of powdered lapis lazuli.
a similar artificial blue pigment.
any of various other pigments.
a deep-blue color.

Origin of ultramarine

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin ultrāmarīnus, equivalent to Latin ultrā ultra- + marīnus marine
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Related Words for ultramarine

blue-green, turquoise, royal, azure, navy, indigo, sapphire, cobalt, beryl, teal, cerulean

Examples from the Web for ultramarine

Historical Examples of ultramarine

  • The colour of ultramarine is brought out by successive heatings.

  • Nevertheless, ultramarine is not always entitled to the whole of this commendation.

  • The Alexandrian was the most valued, as approaching the nearest to ultramarine.

  • He did not see the back curtain, or Orion blazing in the ultramarine blue.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker

  • The colours most useful are ultramarine, vermilion, and chrome yellow in powder.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

British Dictionary definitions for ultramarine



a blue pigment consisting of sodium and aluminium silicates and some sodium sulphide, obtained by powdering natural lapis lazuli or made synthetically: used in paints, printing ink, plastics, etc
a vivid blue colour


of the colour ultramarine
from across the seas

Word Origin for ultramarine

C17: from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, from ultrā beyond (see ultra-) + mare sea; so called because the lapis lazuli from which the pigment was made was imported from Asia
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Word Origin and History for ultramarine

1590s, "blue pigment made from lapis lazuli," from Medieval Latin ultramarinus, literally "beyond the sea," from ultra- "beyond" + marinus "of the sea" (see marine). So called because the mineral was imported from Asia by sea.

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