Definition of sapphire in English:

sapphire

noun

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

    • ‘Most of them were common gems - rubies, diamonds, onyxes, sapphires, emeralds, topazes, and so on, and were used to supplement Elements and Talents.’
    • ‘‘I want you to keep this,’ he told me, his eyes fixed on the sapphire ring.’
    • ‘Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.’
    • ‘Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and many more gems I couldn't name adorned his neck, wrists, hands and ankles.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like those objects, the cup is decorated with gemstones - emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pearl earrings accented with diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might like a plain silver ring with ancient Celtic designs or a sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring made of pure gold.’
    • ‘Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, coral, and pearl are found in abundance.’
    • ‘A few months ago I was considering a custom-made toilet seat decorated with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The possibilities were endless: rubies, emeralds, sapphires and black onyx.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On her fingers, she wore diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, and jeweled earrings hung from her ears.’
    1. 1.1A bright blue color.
      • ‘Sometimes, they would change into an incredible tint of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She looked stunning in a gown of sapphire blue, which emphasized the blueness of her eyes.’
      • ‘She wore a long, sapphire blue gown embroidered with silver.’
      • ‘Johnny's sapphire blue eyes twinkled with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘She looked in the mirror and changed her contacts from pearl gray to sapphire blue.’
      • ‘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 that amazing, natural-blonde head of hair and deep, sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘Charles nodded, reached into his coat pocket, and withdrew a square, sapphire blue, lidded box, only slightly larger than his palm.’
      • ‘Claire smoothed the skirt of her sapphire blue evening gown.’
      • ‘His eyes were a stunning, mesmerizing, absolutely divinely hue of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘A bucket with sapphire blue water was in my hands.’
      • ‘Amethyst, sapphire blue and green color lenses are magnificent on women with dark skin.’
      • ‘She was beautiful, and her eyes were sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Her eyes were sapphire blue and had the ability to drown me in.’
      • ‘A button-up oxford shirt, sapphire blue, meshed well with his eyes.’
      • ‘She had hair made of strands of pure gold, and eyes like the hundred thousand sapphire blue irises that had encased Nighting Lyre.’
      • ‘She had waist long brown hair, and dazzling sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘By the nineteenth century these glass liners were often made in a beautiful deep sapphire blue that showed through their openwork silver cages.’
      • ‘He still had the same reddish-bronze hair and sapphire blue eyes, but his looks had changed dramatically.’
      • ‘The sun is Crayola yellow and the water is sapphire blue.’
  • 2A small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colors in its plumage and a short tail.

    • ‘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

/ˈsaˌfī(ə)r/