Definition of sapphire in English:

sapphire

noun

  • 1A transparent precious stone, typically blue, which is a variety of corundum (aluminium oxide)

    as modifier ‘a sapphire ring’
    • ‘The possibilities were endless: rubies, emeralds, sapphires and black onyx.’
    • ‘There are no futures markets in diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts or any other precious stone because of their ‘unique’ factor.’
    • ‘The whole was embroidered with hundreds of pearls laced with two agates, twelve chrysolites, twelve garnets, a gold-mounted sapphire and a large pendant pearl.’
    • ‘On her fingers, she wore diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, and jeweled earrings hung from her ears.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘There must have been at least twenty paintings in all and they displayed spectacular scenes and were framed in what looked like frames of emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other precious gems!’
    • ‘A few months ago I was considering a custom-made toilet seat decorated with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond.’
    • ‘Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and many more gems I couldn't name adorned his neck, wrists, hands and ankles.’
    • ‘Emma wiped away her tears and took the small sapphire ring from the box.’
    • ‘The hardest stones, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, are normally cut and polished and mounted as jewellery.’
    • ‘Most of them were common gems - rubies, diamonds, onyxes, sapphires, emeralds, topazes, and so on, and were used to supplement Elements and Talents.’
    • ‘The most expensive were composed of a carved hardstone mounted in gold, with or without enameling, and with push-pieces of moonstone or sapphires bordered by rose diamonds.’
    • ‘Pearl earrings accented with diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.’
    • ‘‘I want you to keep this,’ he told me, his eyes fixed on the sapphire ring.’
    • ‘Like those objects, the cup is decorated with gemstones - emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.’
    • ‘Wading in a pool of brackish water, a man pans for rubies, sapphires and other gems using a basket at one of Sri Lanka's many pit mines.’
    • ‘One by one, he picked up the diamond necklace, the ruby necklace, the sapphire ring, and the onyx ring.’
    • ‘Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.’
    • ‘Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, coral, and pearl are found in abundance.’
    • ‘You might like a plain silver ring with ancient Celtic designs or a sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring made of pure gold.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A bright blue colour.
      as modifier ‘the sapphire blue of the lake’
      ‘there was the slightest flicker of light deep within his sapphire eyes’
      • ‘Amethyst, sapphire blue and green color lenses are magnificent on women with dark skin.’
      • ‘She had hair made of strands of pure gold, and eyes like the hundred thousand sapphire blue irises that had encased Nighting Lyre.’
      • ‘Sometimes, they would change into an incredible tint of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Johnny's sapphire blue eyes twinkled with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘His eyes were a stunning, mesmerizing, absolutely divinely hue of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She had waist long brown hair, and dazzling sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘Her eyes were sapphire blue and had the ability to drown me in.’
      • ‘A bucket with sapphire blue water was in my hands.’
      • ‘She wore a long, sapphire blue gown embroidered with silver.’
      • ‘He still had the same reddish-bronze hair and sapphire blue eyes, but his looks had changed dramatically.’
      • ‘She was beautiful, and her eyes were sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Charles nodded, reached into his coat pocket, and withdrew a square, sapphire blue, lidded box, only slightly larger than his palm.’
      • ‘She looked stunning in a gown of sapphire blue, which emphasized the blueness of her eyes.’
      • ‘Claire smoothed the skirt of her sapphire blue evening gown.’
      • ‘The sun is Crayola yellow and the water is sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She and the two men were on the very edge of the desert, where there was nothing but a clear, sapphire blue sky to look up to.’
      • ‘She looked in the mirror and changed her contacts from pearl gray to sapphire blue.’
      • ‘By the nineteenth century these glass liners were often made in a beautiful deep sapphire blue that showed through their openwork silver cages.’
      • ‘She had that amazing, natural-blonde head of hair and deep, sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘A button-up oxford shirt, sapphire blue, meshed well with his eyes.’
      sky-blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, oxford blue, cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
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  • 2A small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colours in its plumage and a short tail.

    Hylocharis and other genera, family Trochilidae: several species

    • ‘He also heard a blue-throated sapphire (also called a blue-throated golden-tail), a relatively small hummingbird.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French safir, via Latin from Greek sappheiros, probably denoting lapis lazuli.

Pronunciation

sapphire

/ˈsafʌɪə/