Definition of ruby in English:

ruby

nounPlural rubies

  • 1A precious stone consisting of corundum in colour varieties varying from deep crimson or purple to pale rose.

    ‘a necklace of rubies’
    as modifier ‘a ruby eternity ring’
    • ‘Some of their pieces are made of plain white gold, while others are embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies or pearls.’
    • ‘The rings will be offered in yellow or white gold, with an optional diamond or ruby.’
    • ‘Sri Lanka has been known for centuries for its gemstones; jewelry making and the cutting of sapphires, rubies, and semiprecious stones continue to this day’
    • ‘The hardest stones, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, are normally cut and polished and mounted as jewellery.’
    • ‘Cascades of earls, rubies, sapphires, diamonds and tortoiseshell hatpins, 76 items in all, poured out.’
    • ‘Jewellery studded with rubies and emeralds are also on display.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘No wafer thin bangles, and modestly diminutive chains here - the jewellery is unabashedly elaborate, studded with brilliant uncut rubies, diamonds and emeralds.’
    • ‘Thailand is internationally recognised for mining and cutting gemstones, especially sapphires and rubies.’
    • ‘Her collection is not much but it includes mica, aquamarine, tourmaline, rubies and rose quartz.’
    • ‘And don't miss Ratnapura, where you can not only buy sapphires, rubies, moonstones, aquamarines and the rest, but you can also see where they are mined.’
    • ‘The museum has a Saudi sculpture of a falcon on a perch, of inestimable value and stunning vulgarity, made from gold, quartz, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and 1,210 diamonds.’
    • ‘Henry VIII was fond of wearing a velvet, gold-embroidered purple doublet encrusted with diamonds, rubies and pearls.’
    • ‘I have rubies and sapphires and diamonds and jade.’
    • ‘Similar is the attraction of other gem stones like emeralds and rubies, which have started gaining more prominence these days.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rarely drilled to make beads as this detracts from their worth.’
    • ‘The expo is showcasing some of the exquisite creations in gold, platinum and silver jewellery that are studded with gems, sapphire, diamonds, rubies and pearls.’
    • ‘Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and pearls were everywhere.’
    • ‘Uncut diamonds, rubies, bangles and small necklaces are on display here.’
    • ‘Pearls, diamonds, emeralds and rubies have remained important.’
    1. 1.1mass noun An intense purplish-red colour.
      as modifier ‘the rich ruby liquid’
      in combination ‘this wine has a youthful ruby-red colour’
      • ‘After tasting their wine, a smooth, dark ruby Bordeaux blend with a rich berry flavor, I'm convinced they're well on their way.’
      • ‘Susan likes to cook, so the kitchen is a focal point in the house, with a warm colour scheme of Burmese ruby combined with honey cream to offset the minimalism.’
      • ‘The recipe is incredibly easy, and the result is this beautiful ruby jelly, with a deep wine flavor and a surprising tanginess that tickles the palate.’
      • ‘The town, which is home to the charity's regional office, donned scarlet, cherry, vermilion and ruby yesterday to help raise funds as part of Heart Week 2003.’
      • ‘From personal experience, ruby slippers never work.’
      • ‘White and yellow flowers among the darker ruby reds and burnt oranges, often soften the overall effect and leads the eye through the flower bed.’
      • ‘On its chest is an explosion of scarlet, an unforgettable hue deeper than coral but brighter than ruby.’
      • ‘It comes in ruby red and it'll blow the partygoers away.’
      • ‘Some like their wine light and fruity, others like it ruby red and peppery.’
      • ‘My mum bought me my very own pair of ruby slippers when I was 12 and she used to plait my hair just like Dorothy!’
      • ‘I put on black eyeliner, mascara, red eye shadow with black tints towards the edges of my eyes, and ruby colored lipstick.’
      • ‘This ruby beer displayed a velvet hue, and an aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.’
      • ‘Sophie's hair was also very deep in colour, like raw chestnuts - a warm, ruby brown too dark to be considered truly red or ginger.’
      • ‘Embrace ruby hues and add flaming highlights to any hairstyle you select.’
      • ‘It was a beige color, with spots of sapphire and ruby along it.’
      • ‘Her skin was almost as pale as the mountain snow, and her black hair hung in lustrous waves down her back, framing her beautiful face and bringing out her blue eyes and ruby lips.’
      • ‘It is a brilliant dark ruby wine filled with the aromas of spices and dark ripe fruits like boysenberries and plums.’
      • ‘More ruby red than pink, the wine is made entirely from Merlot grapes.’
      • ‘The glass was broad and relatively shallow, without the curvature inherent in the wine glasses I knew; the liquid inside it was red, almost ruby in the wavering light.’
  • 2Printing
    mass noun An old type size equal to 51/2 points.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French rubi, from medieval Latin rubinus, from the base of Latin rubeus ‘red’.

Pronunciation

ruby

/ˈruːbi/