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.

Examples of aquamarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no shortage of natural beauty in Hawaii, from aquamarine beaches to majestic volcanoes. Wired, "The Beauty of Hawaii, Minus All the Human-Made Crap," 27 Nov. 2019 Joyce’s first tea collection was named after her five favorite crystals: quartz, garnet, tourmaline, amethyst, and aquamarine. Joel Cintron, courant.com, "This 30-year-old is creating handcrafted, all-natural tea blends out of her Hartford shop, Ritual Earth Tea," 20 Sep. 2019 The icon stepped out of her hotel to greet fans dressed in a fuzzy, ankle-length aquamarine coat and matching fanny pack across her chest. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Celine Dion Welcomes Winter With an All-Blue Ensemble in NYC," 14 Nov. 2019 The color palette augments the home’s animated interiors, highlighted by a yellow Bertazzoni range, aquamarine Heath tile and an orange sliding barn door. Lisa Boone, chicagotribune.com, "Designer chicken coops: From chandeliers to AC, how some L.A. owners pamper their pets," 27 Sep. 2019 The color palette augments the home’s animated interiors, highlighted by a yellow Bertazzoni range, aquamarine Heath tile and an orange sliding barn door. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, "Designer chicken coops: From chandeliers to AC, how some L.A. owners pamper their pets," 26 Sep. 2019 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

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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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The first known use of aquamarine was in 1677

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6 Dec 2019

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“Aquamarine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aquamarine?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=aquama01. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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aquamarine

noun
How to pronounce aquamarine (audio)

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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