Definition of sapphire in US English:

sapphire

noun

  • 1A transparent precious stone, typically blue, that is a variety of corundum (aluminum oxide).

    • ‘One by one, he picked up the diamond necklace, the ruby necklace, the sapphire ring, and the onyx ring.’
    • ‘Emma wiped away her tears and took the small sapphire ring from the box.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few months ago I was considering a custom-made toilet seat decorated with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘The possibilities were endless: rubies, emeralds, sapphires and black onyx.’
    • ‘‘I want you to keep this,’ he told me, his eyes fixed on the sapphire ring.’
    • ‘Pearl earrings accented with diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.’
    • ‘You might like a plain silver ring with ancient Celtic designs or a sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring made of pure gold.’
    • ‘Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.’
    • ‘Like those objects, the cup is decorated with gemstones - emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.’
    • ‘Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, coral, and pearl are found in abundance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On her fingers, she wore diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, and jeweled earrings hung from her ears.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are no futures markets in diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts or any other precious stone because of their ‘unique’ factor.’
    • ‘The hardest stones, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, are normally cut and polished and mounted as jewellery.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and many more gems I couldn't name adorned his neck, wrists, hands and ankles.’
    1. 1.1 A bright blue color.
      • ‘A button-up oxford shirt, sapphire blue, meshed well with his eyes.’
      • ‘Sometimes, they would change into an incredible tint of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She wore a long, sapphire blue gown embroidered with silver.’
      • ‘The sun is Crayola yellow and the water is sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She looked in the mirror and changed her contacts from pearl gray to sapphire blue.’
      • ‘A bucket with sapphire blue water was in my hands.’
      • ‘She had that amazing, natural-blonde head of hair and deep, sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘He still had the same reddish-bronze hair and sapphire blue eyes, but his looks had changed dramatically.’
      • ‘His eyes were a stunning, mesmerizing, absolutely divinely hue of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Claire smoothed the skirt of her sapphire blue evening gown.’
      • ‘Johnny's sapphire blue eyes twinkled with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘She had hair made of strands of pure gold, and eyes like the hundred thousand sapphire blue irises that had encased Nighting Lyre.’
      • ‘She was beautiful, and her eyes were sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She looked stunning in a gown of sapphire blue, which emphasized the blueness of her eyes.’
      • ‘Charles nodded, reached into his coat pocket, and withdrew a square, sapphire blue, lidded box, only slightly larger than his palm.’
      • ‘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 had waist long brown hair, and dazzling sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘Amethyst, sapphire blue and green color lenses are magnificent on women with dark skin.’
      • ‘Her eyes were sapphire blue and had the ability to drown me in.’
      • ‘By the nineteenth century these glass liners were often made in a beautiful deep sapphire blue that showed through their openwork silver cages.’
      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 colors 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

/ˈsæˌfaɪ(ə)r//ˈsaˌfī(ə)r/