Definition of emerald in English:



  • 1A bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl.

    • ‘Synthetic ruby, sapphire, spinel, emerald, opal, and turquoise are commonly encountered, but synthesis of diamond for gem cutting has so far been very limited.’
    • ‘Made of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and onyx, it caused a sensation at the Paris exhibition that gave art deco its name, the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs.’
    • ‘Illustrated below, the crown is made of gold and set with rubies, emeralds, diamonds, turquoises, and amethysts.’
    • ‘They sparkle like dark green emeralds revealed to the light for the first time.’
    • ‘The dark green color of the emerald required chromium, an element not normally found in granitic pegmatites but often in good supply in ultramafics.’
    • ‘Some of the antique jewellery was studded with emeralds, ruby, zircons and pearls.’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful necklace of sparkling emeralds, with a diamond coronet.’
    • ‘A shining emerald was situated on her forehead.’
    • ‘The discovery of precious stones, especially emeralds, some few years ago, has still not given out that sputtering spark to Zambia's ailing economy.’
    • ‘The grass was a magnificent, healthy looking green, like dark emeralds.’
    • ‘The shining diamonds, rubies, emeralds, peridots, topaz, sapphires have now acquired a special status for the wearer.’
    • ‘Her face lit up as she glanced down at the sparkling emerald adorning her finger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zambia today boasts of some of the quality gemstones such as emeralds, amethyst, aquamarine and many others.’
    • ‘The traditional necklace of red rubies and green emeralds contrasted flawlessly with her skin.’
    • ‘The hand that held a gold ring with a dark green emerald on it.’
    • ‘They looked down lightly and saw the blades of grass glittering like beautiful emeralds.’
    • ‘The blue-silver metal was cast in an ornate fashion, and white diamonds spotted with emeralds, beryls and emeralds crusted the edges of the metal.’
    • ‘Among the products that were marketed were emeralds, tourmalines, aquamarine, amethyst, citrini and industrial minerals such as talc and lime.’
    • ‘The sparkling emerald glittered enticingly from its cushion, the thin gold band smooth.’
  • 2A bright green color like that of an emerald.

    [as modifier] ‘the leaves are emerald green’
    • ‘The snakes were silver that faded into deep emerald and the pole was gold and was holding up a fiery torch with two blades criss-crossed in the background.’
    • ‘The beautiful emeralds of the South American rainforests became a warm blue.’
    • ‘The brilliant emeralds faded to a dull jade, the gold sunbeams shattering, giving way to dreary grey light.’
    • ‘The necklace she wore around her neck glowed a deep emerald as he did so.’
    • ‘The bodice was plain, starched white, while the skirt itself a deep emerald.’
    greenish, viridescent
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  • 3A small hummingbird with bright metallic green plumage and darker wings and tail, found mainly in the area of the Caribbean and Central America.


  • Bright green in color.

    ‘beyond the airport lay emerald hills’
    • ‘But all I could see in my mind was his heavenly figure, and those bright, vivid emerald eyes of his.’
    • ‘Now I recall a beautiful avenue in the summer: lush and green, with rows of trees and emerald grass sidings by the pavements.’
    • ‘His eyes were just as green; as green as the emerald fields of grass Lisa remembered from her childhood in Oregon.’
    • ‘Something about those icy emerald orbs sent a warm sensation coursing throughout her veins.’
    • ‘Hesitantly, the blue-feathered bird emerged from under the bushes, dragging behind it a long, shimmering emerald tail.’
    • ‘He sat on the rustling emerald grasses of the hill and idly trailed his fingers through his hair.’
    • ‘She had a nicely shaped face with bright emerald eyes.’
    • ‘She was holding her dad's hand as they all walked down the dirt road alongside pastures of emerald hills.’
    • ‘We all looked, and down came the graceful butterfly, gliding on its long emerald and black wings and settling at a puddle to drink.’
    • ‘His eyes finally looked away from mine, and I thought I saw something dance through his bright emerald orbs.’
    • ‘Chris stared at the girl for a moment, his eyes rolling over every aspect of her face; porcelain skin, bright emerald eyes, soft pink lips.’
    • ‘His emerald orbs flickered rather angrily, his arms now folded across his chest.’
    • ‘He had a powder green shirt under an emerald vest, his blue-black hair just barely touching his shoulders.’
    • ‘The emerald hills of South America appear lived-in and intimate.’
    • ‘I looked in to his bright, emerald eyes, wishing for an answer.’
    • ‘To the south, past the tiny level valley the group was in, was an ocean of rolling emerald hills, as far as anyone could see.’


Middle English: from Old French e(s)meraud, ultimately via Latin from Greek (s)maragdos, via Prakrit from Semitic (compare with Hebrew bāreqeṯ, from bāraq flash, sparkle).