Definition of azure in English:

azure

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʒə
 
, -ʒj(ʊ)ə, ˈeɪ-/

adjective

  • 1Bright blue in colour like a cloudless sky: thin streaks of cloud trailed across an azure sky white beaches surrounded by azure seas the adult male’s back and flanks are azure blue
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    • Souvenirs of miniature trains from the Rail Museum have been placed in the inner edges of these walls behind a bright azure blue background.
    • Her eyes glistened as she looked out over the blue Pacific waters as the horizon touched a cloudless azure blue sky.
    • You could, of course, try and land your own dinner with a jolly crew on board one of the hire craft that dance across the azure blue seas.
    Synonyms
    sky-blue, deep blue, bright blue, blue, ultramarine
    literary cerulean
    rare cyanic
  • 1.1 Heraldry Blue: [postpositive]: a saltire azure
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    • The original flag design, based upon the Ancient Arms of Nova Scotia, granted by King Charles I in 1625, is on a ground of silver with a saltire azure - a blue St. Andrew's cross.
    • A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.
    • They both had the same device upon the surcoats; it was a Virgin Mary embroidered on a field azure.

noun

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  • 1 [mass noun] A bright blue colour: a flash of azure drew my eye to a kingfisher the azure of the sky
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    • Through the use of bright colours such as azure, burgundy, rose, orange, pink and yellow, the artist has lent life to the subject.
    • The bright green, azure and blue pointed to the presence of copper.
    • Ten minutes were there of silence as blood seeped slowly out of Claud's chest, twisting the bright scarlet into deep azure.
  • 1.1 literary The clear sky.
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    • It is the same souls that quiver, the same passions that ferment, the same vices that grow, the same straining toward the azure.
  • 2A small butterfly which is typically blue or purplish.
    • Celastrina and other genera, family Lycaenidae
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    • Tiny blue azures alight in the grass, and cabbage whites hover over the vegetable patch.
    • Azures have a slow, fluttering flight and are often one of the first butterflies encountered when the first warm weather of spring arrives.
    • I was surprised to see tiny spring azures fluttering in one of the large fields; somehow I had the idea that they only appeared early in the year.

Origin

Middle English (denoting a blue dye): from Old French asur, azur, from medieval Latin azzurum, azolum, from Arabic al 'the' + lāzaward (from Persian lāžward 'lapis lazuli').

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