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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Meghan was wearing the Princess of Wales's aquamarine ring, thought to be a gift from Prince Harry. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as They Head Off to Their Evening Reception," 13 May 2019 And, to be clear, with two large aquamarines stacked on top of each other, on the fourth finger of each hand. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Will This Aquamarine Ring Make You Look Like An English Aristocrat?," 5 Apr. 2019 The Duchess changes into a Stella McCartney evening gown and wears an aquamarine ring from the collection of Princess Diana. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 2019 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

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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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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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