One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A light blue colour with a greyish tinge.
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 seaView synonyms
- ‘She wore a navy serge skirt, white silk blouse, saxe blue cardigan, and a yard of broad saxe blue ribbon at either end of her waist-long plait.’
Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘Saxony’, the source of a dye of this colour.
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