aquamarine

noun
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.

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Lido Rocco Italians come to Sperlonga's beaches because the water is a gorgeous shade of aquamarine. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Rome," 5 Mar. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex has previously worn Diana's aquamarine cocktail ring and a pair of gold butterfly earrings. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019 In this case, John swoons for a certain set of aquamarine pools accented with bright red flowers. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Summer Bar Soap Looks Like a Steve McQueen Pool Party," 29 June 2018 The facades are laid with gorgeous ceramic tiles, usually imported from England or Belgium, and painted enchanting pastel hues of baby pink, buttercup yellow, and aquamarine. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things To Do In Singapore," 2 Mar. 2018 The all-baggy ensemble including a vintage t-shirt, a pair of crinkly aquamarine wind pants cut with a slice of red, and a pair of chunky black hiking boots. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Is the Same Age As Her Vintage Shaggy T-Shirt," 25 July 2018 Inexpensive gemstones with a tint include morganites, aquamarines, amethysts, tourmaline, and citrine stones. Southern Living, "Diamond (Alternatives) Are A Girl's Best Friend," 19 Apr. 2018 Two aquamarine sofas anchor the living space and provide a rich burst of color in the otherwise subdued loft. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 Blue has been having a major beauty moment, showing up on the lids of everyone from Millie Bobby Brown to Cardi B. Lily Collins even sported her take on the trend last year, wearing an aquamarine shadow that left us with major princess vibes. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Matched Her Blue Dress to Her Manicure, Pedicure, and Eyeshadow," 11 Oct. 2018

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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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aquamarine

noun

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

aquamarine

noun
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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