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

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 And lastly, the vibrant Sri Lanka Brooch set — featuring pink, blue and yellow sapphires, garnets, rubies and aquamarine — which was gifted to the Queen in 1981, will sparkle on exhibit too. Monique Jessen,, 12 May 2022 At the Cannes film festival, Princess Diana turned heads in an icy blue Catherine Walker tulle gown, which complemented with a matching scarf, baby blue shoes, and an aquamarine and diamond bracelet and chandelier earrings. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 26 Mar. 2022 The aquamarine and gold colors on display are relatively rare for amino acid crystals and are dependent on their structure. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 23 Mar. 2022 The cover, with lettering in flamingo pink, was a garish painting in green and aquamarine of a Caribbean island—Montserrat, where Buffett had recorded it. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Standout stones include citrine, blue topaz and an enticing aquamarine, all raw materials that can only be sourced in her home turf of Brazil. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 Van Cleef & Arpels Simone necklace in 18-karat rose and white gold set with one 6.02-carat aquamarine, sapphires, garnets, aquamarines, chrysophase, onyx, pearls and diamonds, price upon request; Ashlyn bonded crepe gown, $2,590. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2021 The bride wore a second couture look by Maison Margiela with a draped aquamarine choker that worked perfectly with the raw edge neckline of the gown for the reception. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 8 Nov. 2021 That design featured a 200-carat aquamarine stone and more than 400 diamonds. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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