See also: Azure and azuré


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From Middle English asure, from Old French azur, derived from Arabic لَازَوَرْد(lāzaward, lapis lazuli), dropping the l as if it were equivalent to the French article l'. The Arabic is from Persian لاجورد(lâjvard, lapis lazuli), from the region of Lajward in Badakhshan.

Compare with Italian azzurro and Spanish azul.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæʒ.ə/, /ˈæz.jʊə/, /æzˈjʊə/, /əˈzjʊə/, sometimes also /ˈeɪʒ.ə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæʒ.ɚ/, /əˈʒʊɹ/, /əˈʒɝ/, /əˈzjʊɹ/, /əˈzjɝ/, sometimes also /eɪ-/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʊɹ, -ʊə
  • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)


azure (countable and uncountable, plural azures)

  1. (countable and uncountable) The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
  2. (heraldry) A blue colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
    • 1997, Brault, Early Blazon:
      In Bb [Glover's Roll], the conventional letter B is used to indicate azure in most items.
    azure (heraldry):  
  3. (poetic) The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
  4. Any of various widely distributed lycaenid butterflies of the genus Celastrina.
  5. Any of various Australasian lycaenid butterflies of the genus Ogyris.
  6. Lapis lazuli.

Alternative formsEdit

  • (blue color on a coat of arms): az., b., bl.

Derived termsEdit



azure (not comparable)

  1. Sky blue; resembling the clear blue colour of the unclouded sky.
    Synonym: cerulean
  2. Cloudless.
  3. (heraldry) In blazon, of the colour blue.
    • 1846, Edgar Allan Poe, The Cask of Amontillado:
      ‘I forget your coat of arms.’
      ‘A human foot d’or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.’



azure (third-person singular simple present azures, present participle azuring, simple past and past participle azured)

  1. (transitive) To colour blue.
    • 1907, The Sugar Beet, volume 28, page 271:
      Our readers are aware that much of the sugar sold in many countries goes through an azuring treatment; blue is added to granulated sugar with the view of making it appear whiter than it actually is.


See alsoEdit

Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red; crimson              orange; brown              yellow; cream
             lime, lime green              green              mint
             cyan; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet; indigo              magenta; purple              pink
metals main colours less common colours
tincture or argent gules azure sable vert purpure tenné orange sanguine
roundel (in parentheses: semé):  
bezant (bezanty)
plate (platy)
torteau (tortelly)
hurt (hurty)
pellet (pellety), ogress

golpe (golpy)
orange (semé of oranges)
guze (semé of guzes)
goutte (noun) / gutty (adj) thereof:  
(goutte / gutty) d'or (of gold)
d'eau (of water)
de sang (of blood)
de larmes (of tears)
de poix

(of pitch)
d'huile / d'olive (olive oil)

special roundel furs additional, uncommon tinctures:
tincture fountain, syke: barry wavy argent and azure ermine ermines, counter-ermine erminois pean vair counter-vair potent counter-potent bleu celeste, brunâtre, carnation, cendrée (iron, steel, acier), copper, murrey





  1. inflection of azurer:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative



azure m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of azur