Definition of azure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaZHər/


1Bright blue in color, like a cloudless sky: white beaches surrounded by azure seas
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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.
sky-blue, bright blue, blue
literary cerulean
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.


1A bright blue color.
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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 that is typically blue or purplish, with color differences between the sexes.
  • 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.


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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Syllabification: az·ure

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