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jade1

Syllabification: jade
Pronunciation: /jād
 
/

noun

1A hard, typically green stone used for ornaments and implements and consisting of the minerals jadeite or nephrite.
Example sentences
  • Of the two kinds of jade, jadeite and nephrite, the former is harder than the latter and cannot be scratched with a penknife blade.
  • Until recently few people considered Wyoming to have potential for gemstones other than nephrite jade.
  • Ancient amber, jade and other precious stones are lovingly re-created in polymer clay, as well as newer, space-age materials, such as niobium.
1.1An ornament made of this.
Example sentences
  • Our examination of this ornament and several other jades has provided evidence for the use of rotary tools during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
  • There are some 1,000 relics of dazzling artistic and cultural value - bronzes and gold implements, jades, pottery, cowrie shell and elephant tusks, sacrificial objects, weapons and beads.
  • ADMIRERS of ancient Chinese jades have frequently noted the curious white, chalky areas which invade the otherwise firm polished surfaces of many artefacts.
1.2 (also jade green) A light bluish-green: [as modifier]: a baggy jade T-shirt
More example sentences
  • His eyes were a sweet shade in between jade green and light hazel that Rebecca had once admitted to being jealous of, and he hadn't let her live it down since.
  • He had a mushroom-cut of jade-green hair, sky blue eyes, a tan skin tone, and some strong muscles.
  • She was a collection of pleasing colors, with her honey - smooth tan, jade-green eyes, and the silky blonde hair with its red and gold and even some brownish lights.

Origin

late 16th century: from French le jade (earlier l'ejade), from Spanish piedra de ijada 'stone of the flank' (i.e., stone for colic, which it was believed to cure).

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  • Since the Middle Ages a worn-out horse has been described as a jade, although the origin of the word is unknown. When a tired person describes themselves as jaded (late 16th century), they are looking back to this use, rather than to the sense of jade as ‘a headstrong or disreputable woman’, which developed in the mid 16th century. See also hack, nag. Jade as a name for a hard bluish-green precious stone is a different word. It comes from Spanish piedra de ijada, literally ‘stone of the side or flank’, from the belief that it was a cure for colic. This word dates from the late 16th century.

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jade2

Syllabification: jade
Pronunciation: /jād
 
/

noun

archaic
2An inferior or worn-out horse.
Example sentences
  • He got the armor and also an old jade of a horse, which limped on three legs, dragging the fourth after it.
  • Lie down shamelessly, Old horse who stumbles over every rut. Resign yourself, my heart; sleep your brutish sleep. Conquered, foundered spirit! For you, old jade, Love has no more relish, no more than war.

Origin

late Middle English: of unknown origin.

More
  • Since the Middle Ages a worn-out horse has been described as a jade, although the origin of the word is unknown. When a tired person describes themselves as jaded (late 16th century), they are looking back to this use, rather than to the sense of jade as ‘a headstrong or disreputable woman’, which developed in the mid 16th century. See also hack, nag. Jade as a name for a hard bluish-green precious stone is a different word. It comes from Spanish piedra de ijada, literally ‘stone of the side or flank’, from the belief that it was a cure for colic. This word dates from the late 16th century.

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