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 But the finale, including the two lakes — one mint green, the other a deep aquamarine — separated by a single moraine, and the towering peaks on all sides, makes the effort worth it. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hikes near Anchorage, no matter how much time you have," 28 May 2020 But even in abundance, these aquamarine light shows aren’t always easy to document. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dolphins, Surfers and Waves Sparkle in Bright Blue Bioluminescent Glow Off California Coast," 28 Apr. 2020 The iconic aquamarine and ruby Belt Buckle necklace designed in 1935 by Fulco di Verdura for Paul Flato is a landmark in jewelry history. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "T&C Exclusive: The New Owner of an Iconic American Jewel is Revealed," 15 Apr. 2019 Landrigan began to seek her pieces everywhere; one aquamarine bracelet was discovered on 47th Street in Manhattan. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Jewelry Legend Suzanne Belperron Developed Her Singular Style," 12 June 2019 Accessorized to the hilt with several diamond and aquamarine David Webb necklaces, a teensy train case, a Stalvey bag, and a matching pair of Manolo Blahnik high heel sandals, the outfit was arresting. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Goes Pastel Princess on the Streets of New York," 7 June 2018 The circular Castell Bellver, perched high above the ancient city, offers a stunning, 360-degree view of the city and its port, where sails flutter atop an aquamarine ocean. Samantha Karlin, Washington Post, "Bypass Ibiza’s crowds and parties for Majorca’s beauty and tranquility," 18 Dec. 2019 Larson’s pale pink Celine slip dress was complemented by a golden Irene Neuwirth cuff and five jeweled rings with tourmaline, aquamarine, and emerald. Vogue, "Brie Larson and Scarlett Johansson Really Wore Infinity Gauntlet Jewels," 23 Apr. 2019 Dorian churned the shallow waters to a bright aquamarine, mixing up sand and sediment. Andrew Freedman, Washington Post, "Satellite images show the destruction of Dorian in the Bahamas," 5 Sep. 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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Cite this Entry

“Aquamarine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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