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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.


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


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.

Derived terms[edit]


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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.
    • 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 also[edit]

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





  1. first-person singular present indicative of azurer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of azurer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of azurer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of azurer
  5. second-person singular imperative of azurer



azure m (uncountable)

  1. Alternative form of azur
See also: azuré