noun (plural rubies)
- 1A precious stone consisting of corundum in colour varieties varying from deep crimson or purple to pale rose: a necklace of rubies [as modifier]: a ruby eternity ringMore example sentences
- Her collection is not much but it includes mica, aquamarine, tourmaline, rubies and rose quartz.
- And don't miss Ratnapura, where you can not only buy sapphires, rubies, moonstones, aquamarines and the rest, but you can also see where they are mined.
- Gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rarely drilled to make beads as this detracts from their worth.
- 1.1 [mass noun] An intense purplish-red colour: [as modifier]: the rich ruby liquid [in combination]: this wine has a youthful ruby-red colourMore example sentences
- Susan likes to cook, so the kitchen is a focal point in the house, with a warm colour scheme of Burmese ruby combined with honey cream to offset the minimalism.
- After tasting their wine, a smooth, dark ruby Bordeaux blend with a rich berry flavor, I'm convinced they're well on their way.
- My mum bought me my very own pair of ruby slippers when I was 12 and she used to plait my hair just like Dorothy!
Middle English: from Old French rubi, from medieval Latin rubinus, from the base of Latin rubeus 'red'.
More definitions of rubyDefinition of ruby in:
- The US English dictionary