Definition of ultramarine in English:

ultramarine

Syllabification: ul·tra·ma·rine
Pronunciation: /ˌəltrəməˈrēn
 
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noun

  • 1A brilliant deep blue pigment originally obtained from lapis lazuli.
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    • The brilliant pure blue of genuine ultramarine, obtained from crushed lapis lazuli, was a pigment used in Europe from the early 13th century when the method of extraction was perfected.
    • The background is a lightly mottled blue - the look you get when you apply ultramarine, a semitransparent pigment, in a reasonably straightforward fashion.
    • They are small in scale and feature extensive use of gold and brilliant, rich and sparkling colors like ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo, violet, purple, carmine and tangerine.
  • 1.1An imitation of ultramarine, made from powdered fired clay, sodium carbonate, sulfur, and resin.
  • 1.2A brilliant deep blue color.
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    • An elegant Siddha on a cave ceiling is done in sombre shades of blue, ranging from off-white to ultramarine, an unusual colour scheme.
    • ‘In them, Ken has fused the rich colours of sky, sea and earth - ultramarine, cyan, terracotta - with neutrals to create works which are serene and yet striking,’ says David.
    • Her palette grew more complex and sophisticated - replete with lavenders, juicy oranges, translucent celadons, glowing viridians, wine reds and a range of blues from deep ultramarine to pale sky.

Origin

late 16th century: from medieval Latin ultramarinus 'beyond the sea' with reference to the foreign origin of lapis lazuli.

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