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EtymologyEdit

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 Turkestan.

Compare with Italian azzurro and Spanish azul.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæʒ(j)ʊə/, /æʒˈ(j)ʊə/, /ˈæʒə/, /ˈæzjʊə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæʒɚ/, /əˈʒʊɹ/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈæɪʒə/, /əˈʒʉə/
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NounEdit

azure (countable and uncountable, plural azures)

  1. (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.
  2. (countable and uncountable) The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
    azure colour:  
    • Wordsworth
      In robes of azure.
    • 2014, William H. Gass, On Being Blue: A Philosophical Inquiry (page 59)
      For our blues we have the azures and ceruleans, lapis lazulis, the light and dusty, the powder blues, the deeps: royal, sapphire, navy, and marine []
  3. (poetic) The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
  4. (Canada, US) Any of a number of North American species of butterflies in the lycaenid genus Celastrina.
  5. Lapis lazuli.

Alternative formsEdit

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

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AdjectiveEdit

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.’

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VerbEdit

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.

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See alsoEdit

Colors in English · colors, colours (layout · text)
     white      gray, grey      black
             red ; crimson              orange ; brown              yellow ; cream
             lime              green              mint
             cyan ; teal              azure, sky blue              blue
             violet ; indigo              magenta ; purple              pink

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NounEdit

azure m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of azur