Definition of azure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaʒə/
Pronunciation: /ˈazjʊə/


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.
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.


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.


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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