Definition of azure in English:

azure

adjective

  • 1Bright blue in color, like a cloudless sky.

    ‘white beaches surrounded by azure seas’
    • ‘It showed off an azure jewel, encased in silver.’
    • ‘Then the next guy will come along and tell me the sky is azure blue, I'll say, ‘No, no, that's royal blue.’’
    • ‘From here you can look north to some of the finest coastal scenery in Britain with islands, white sands and azure blue seas - a view rivalling much more exotic destinations.’
    • ‘You could, of course, try and land your own dinner with a jolly crew on board one of the hire craft that dance across the azure blue seas.’
    • ‘It started a day of perfect beauty, light fresh winds and azure blue skies.’
    • ‘Her eyes glistened as she looked out over the blue Pacific waters as the horizon touched a cloudless azure blue sky.’
    • ‘Endless azure blue skies filled our eyes whenever we stepped out with fluffy white clouds splattered here and there.’
    • ‘This territory has lush green hills, azure blue skies and spectacular beaches where the loudest noise you will hear is the sound of a coconut dropping to soft white sands.’
    • ‘Quiet, timeless little villages are dotted along the coast, palms bending out over a bright azure sea.’
    • ‘When she stepped outside, she saw that the sun was smiling cheerfully in an azure blue sky dotted with puffy little clouds.’
    • ‘Each bend in the road reveals yet another breathtaking panorama of the Dinara Mountains that sweep down to the Adriatic, a deep cobalt sea under an azure sky.’
    • ‘All the man saw was a bright azure sky, bright white clouds moving about like sea lions chasing one another, and a bright shining sun that warmed his face.’
    • ‘Looking through the dresses, Lydia grinned as she found an azure blue, sleeveless, turtleneck dress.’
    • ‘Souvenirs of miniature trains from the Rail Museum have been placed in the inner edges of these walls behind a bright azure blue background.’
    • ‘There isn't a single cloud in the azure blue sky.’
    • ‘They were looking out onto a seemingly unending expanse of perfectly blue ocean beneath a cloudless azure sky.’
    • ‘He lived in a house on the beach and fell in love with Grenada's azure blue seas and white sand beaches.’
    • ‘The balconies overlooked the Whitsunday passage, but if you could wrest your gaze from the azure blue reef you were treated to a birdseye view of the hotel spa.’
    • ‘His eyes were azure blue and cold, very troubling.’
    • ‘It was a beautiful setting, with calm blue sea, azure skies, brown sailed dhows skimming past us, and it was also very hot.’
    sky-blue, deep blue, bright blue, blue, ultramarine
    cerulean
    cyanic
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    1. 1.1Heraldry Blue.
      [postpositive] ‘a saltire azure’
      • ‘The original flag design, based upon the Ancient Arms of Nova Scotia, granted by King Charles I in 1625, is on a ground of silver with a saltire azure - a blue St. Andrew's cross.’
      • ‘They both had the same device upon the surcoats; it was a Virgin Mary embroidered on a field azure.’
      • ‘A huge human foot d'or, in a field azure; the foot crushes a serpent rampant whose fangs are imbedded in the heel.’

noun

  • 1A bright blue color.

    • ‘Ah yes, there he was, in his dashing shade of azure, heightened by his tan, winking from the wall.’
    • ‘The bright green, azure and blue pointed to the presence of copper.’
    • ‘The sky was an azure blue, extending over New York skyscrapers in the distance, and the water below and beyond was a murky, deep green.’
    • ‘On their way back up the canyon they had stopped on a 6m shelf and watched other divers below them silhouetted against the intense azure blue of the open sea, or the cloudy green of the lagoon.’
    • ‘The sky was a beautiful azure blue, without a cloud in the sky.’
    • ‘Adopted from Spain, they were modified by the Portuguese, who added a variety of colors, most notably the blue, or azure, from which they get their name.’
    • ‘The tall spire of the Town Hall and its contrasting colours of azure and white stood majestically between a glorious suffusion of greenery.’
    • ‘Quick streamers of ice caught three, but the remainder thundered into the barrier of bright azure and burst into searing flares of light and heat.’
    • ‘Through the use of bright colours such as azure, burgundy, rose, orange, pink and yellow, the artist has lent life to the subject.’
    • ‘The orbs consisted of many hues of azure, as if constructed of countless shards of sapphire glass.’
    • ‘This combination dramatized the only bright color: a vivid azure blue.’
    • ‘The floor was carpeted, again, in a light shade of azure, which added to the misty tint in the hall.’
    • ‘The sky was a bright, cloudless azure, and the sun was pinned high and motionless and brilliant upon its zenith.’
    • ‘Her long black locks whip around her, giving her a wild, desperate look, yet her eyes, a crystal blue azure, reflect the strength and determination of her mind.’
    • ‘Ten minutes were there of silence as blood seeped slowly out of Claud's chest, twisting the bright scarlet into deep azure.’
    • ‘The temperature was 26 degrees, the sky an azure blue.’
    • ‘Of all the colours in the world, why would you choose azure?’
    • ‘The sky overhead was a bright azure, devoid of any clouds.’
    • ‘Shining dragon eggs dotted the valley; all tinted with hues of gold, argent, azure, and green.’
    • ‘New colours jump vibrantly from the concrete walls freshly painted with pastels, earth tones and flamboyant azure.’
    1. 1.1literary The clear sky.
      • ‘It is the same souls that quiver, the same passions that ferment, the same vices that grow, the same straining toward the azure.’
  • 2A small butterfly that is typically blue or purplish, with color differences between the sexes.

    • ‘Tiny blue azures alight in the grass, and cabbage whites hover over the vegetable patch.’
    • ‘Azures have a slow, fluttering flight and are often one of the first butterflies encountered when the first warm weather of spring arrives.’
    • ‘I was surprised to see tiny spring azures fluttering in one of the large fields; somehow I had the idea that they only appeared early in the year.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a blue dye): from Old French asur, azur, from medieval Latin azzurum, azolum, from Arabic al the + lāzaward (from Persian lāžward lapis lazuli).

Pronunciation:

azure

/ˈaZHər/