aqua·​ma·​rine | \ ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce aquamarine (audio) , ˌa-\

Definition of aquamarine

1 : a transparent blue, blue-green, or green variety of beryl used as a gem
2 : a pale blue to light greenish blue

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Aquamarine Has Latin Roots

Aqua marina * is Latin for "seawater", so when a lovely blue-green form of the semiprecious gem known as beryl was given an English name several centuries ago, *aquamarine seemed appropriate. Aquamarine is the ideal color that most of us carry around in our heads when we imagine the waters that lap the shores of the Greek and Caribbean islands on a sunny day. But even the Mediterranean and the Caribbean can take on lots of other colors depending on weather conditions.

Examples of aquamarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blue of the primary stones is meant to evoke the fountains of Verona, while diamonds set beneath the aquamarines represent the lovers’ secret wedding vows. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Latest Red Carpet-Ready Looks From Paris High-Jewelry Collections," 8 July 2019 Pale blue aquamarine gemstones are associated with good health and hope. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "What’s Your Sign? Karen Elson on Her New Birthstone Perfume Bottle Tops," 18 Jan. 2019 Learn to surf in Maui’s aquamarine waters and snorkel on nearby reefs. National Geographic, "Hawaii Community Service: Island Habitat Restoration," 10 Sep. 2019 Sabastián Padrón, an entomologist with the University of Azuay, in Cuenca, Ecuador, came across a poacher several years ago in the Amazon rainforest who tried to sell him Prepona and morpho butterflies—iridescent aquamarine beauties. Jani Actman, National Geographic, "Bug smuggling is big business," 5 Sep. 2019 Anne wore a diamond and aquamarine tiara, often called the Aquamarine Pineflower tiara, paired with a matching necklace. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "See the Sparkling Tiaras Kate Middleton, Queen Elizabeth, and Camilla Wore to Trump's Formal Banquet," 3 June 2019 The Middleburg Heights Branch has a children’s area designed for kids with special needs that features a soothing aquamarine color scheme. Steven Litt,, "New Cuyahoga County libraries are spirited variations on themes of service, light, sense of place – Steven Litt," 21 July 2019 My ‘something blue’ is an aquamarine ring Kyle Chan made me. Colleen Kratofil,, "Jax Taylor’s Diamond Wedding Band Features a Special Tribute to His Late Father," 1 July 2019 Learn to surf in Maui’s aquamarine waters and snorkel on nearby reefs. National Geographic, "Hawai'i High School Community Service," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of aquamarine

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aquamarine

New Latin aqua marina, from Latin, sea water

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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of aquamarine was in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of aquamarine

: a pale greenish-blue stone that is used in jewelry
: a pale greenish-blue color that is more blue than aqua


aqua·​ma·​rine | \ ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce aquamarine (audio) , ˌa-\

Kids Definition of aquamarine

: a transparent gem that is blue, blue-green, or green

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