[ uhl-truh-muh-reen ]
/ ˌʌl trə məˈrin /


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.

Nearby words

  1. ultraligation,
  2. ultralight,
  3. ultralow frequency,
  4. ultramafic,
  5. ultramarathon,
  6. ultrametamorphism,
  7. ultramicrobalance,
  8. ultramicrochemistry,
  9. ultramicrofiche,
  10. ultramicrometer

Origin of ultramarine

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

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British Dictionary definitions for ultramarine


/ (ˌʌltrəməˈriːn) /


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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