aqua·​ma·​rine ˌä-kwə-mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce aquamarine (audio)
: a transparent blue, blue-green, or green variety of beryl used as a gem
: 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

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Word History


New Latin aqua marina, from Latin, sea water

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of aquamarine was in 1677

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“Aquamarine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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aqua·​ma·​rine ˌak-wə-mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce aquamarine (audio)
: a transparent beryl that is blue, blue-green, or green
: a pale blue to light greenish blue

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