Definition of ultramarine in US English:

ultramarine

noun

  • 1A brilliant deep blue pigment originally obtained from lapis lazuli.

    • ‘The background is a lightly mottled blue - the look you get when you apply ultramarine, a semitransparent pigment, in a reasonably straightforward fashion.’
    • ‘Lazur, powdered and mixed with cleared lapislazuli produces natural ultramarine.’
    • ‘They are small in scale and feature extensive use of gold and brilliant, rich and sparkling colors like ultramarine, Prussian blue, indigo, violet, purple, carmine and tangerine.’
    • ‘The brilliant pure blue of genuine ultramarine, obtained from crushed lapis lazuli, was a pigment used in Europe from the early 13th century when the method of extraction was perfected.’
    1. 1.1 An imitation of ultramarine, made from powdered fired clay, sodium carbonate, sulfur, and resin.
    2. 1.2 A brilliant deep blue color.
      • ‘Turning away from sheer, rocky walls, the deep ultramarine seems to envelop you and pin you back against the rock face.’
      • ‘After a short swim out, the water changes to a deep ultramarine.’
      • ‘That color ranges from deep shades of brown, purple, ultramarine and emerald, up through hot pink, fire-engine red, fluorescent chartreuse and grating lavender.’
      • ‘An elegant Siddha on a cave ceiling is done in sombre shades of blue, ranging from off-white to ultramarine, an unusual colour scheme.’
      • ‘‘In them, Ken has fused the rich colours of sky, sea and earth - ultramarine, cyan, terracotta - with neutrals to create works which are serene and yet striking,’ says David.’
      • ‘Her palette grew more complex and sophisticated - replete with lavenders, juicy oranges, translucent celadons, glowing viridians, wine reds and a range of blues from deep ultramarine to pale sky.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from medieval Latin ultramarinus ‘beyond the sea’; the name of the pigment is from obsolete Italian (azzurro) oltramarino, literally ‘(azure) from overseas’.

Pronunciation

ultramarine

/ˌəltrəməˈrēn//ˌəltrəməˈrin/