Definition of ruby in US English:

ruby

noun

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

    • ‘The rings will be offered in yellow or white gold, with an optional diamond or ruby.’
    • ‘No wafer thin bangles, and modestly diminutive chains here - the jewellery is unabashedly elaborate, studded with brilliant uncut rubies, diamonds and emeralds.’
    • ‘Some of their pieces are made of plain white gold, while others are embellished with diamonds, sapphires, rubies or pearls.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘I have rubies and sapphires and diamonds and jade.’
    • ‘Uncut diamonds, rubies, bangles and small necklaces are on display here.’
    • ‘Similar is the attraction of other gem stones like emeralds and rubies, which have started gaining more prominence these days.’
    • ‘Pearls, diamonds, emeralds and rubies have remained important.’
    • ‘Her collection is not much but it includes mica, aquamarine, tourmaline, rubies and rose quartz.’
    • ‘Henry VIII was fond of wearing a velvet, gold-embroidered purple doublet encrusted with diamonds, rubies and pearls.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rarely drilled to make beads as this detracts from their worth.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and pearls were everywhere.’
    • ‘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 expo is showcasing some of the exquisite creations in gold, platinum and silver jewellery that are studded with gems, sapphire, diamonds, rubies and pearls.’
    • ‘Thailand is internationally recognised for mining and cutting gemstones, especially sapphires and rubies.’
    • ‘The hardest stones, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, are normally cut and polished and mounted as jewellery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 An intense purplish-red color.
      • ‘I put on black eyeliner, mascara, red eye shadow with black tints towards the edges of my eyes, and ruby colored lipstick.’
      • ‘On its chest is an explosion of scarlet, an unforgettable hue deeper than coral but brighter than ruby.’
      • ‘From personal experience, ruby slippers never work.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Embrace ruby hues and add flaming highlights to any hairstyle you select.’
      • ‘More ruby red than pink, the wine is made entirely from Merlot grapes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a brilliant dark ruby wine filled with the aromas of spices and dark ripe fruits like boysenberries and plums.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some like their wine light and fruity, others like it ruby red and peppery.’
      • ‘After tasting their wine, a smooth, dark ruby Bordeaux blend with a rich berry flavor, I'm convinced they're well on their way.’
      • ‘It comes in ruby red and it'll blow the partygoers away.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This ruby beer displayed a velvet hue, and an aroma of dark chocolate and roasted coffee.’
    2. 1.2Printing An old type size equal to 51/2 points (smaller than nonpareil and larger than pearl).

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ruby

/ˈrubi//ˈro͞obē/