azure

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old French azur, derived from Arabic لازوَرْد (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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈæʒ(j)ʊə/, /ˈæʒə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈæʒɚ/, /ˈeɪʒɚ/

Noun[edit]

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. The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
    azure colour:    
    • Wordsworth
      In robes of azure.
  3. (poetic) The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
  4. Lapis lazuli.

Alternative forms[edit]

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

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Adjective[edit]

azure (not comparable)

  1. Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue colour of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
  2. (heraldry) In blazon, of the colour blue.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To colour blue.

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