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Definition of azure

1a : the blue color of the clear sky
b : the heraldic color blue
2 : the unclouded sky
3 archaic : lapis lazuli

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From Millie Bobby Brown's electric azure manicure to skater boy Evan Mock's sparkling fuchsia crop, here are seven ways to embrace neon beauty this year. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The First Breakout Beauty Trend of 2019 Is Already Blowing Up on Instagram," 10 Jan. 2019 Wearing a matching, icy-azure winged liner, Brown proceeded to carefully paint short strokes of lacquer onto the Late Show host's fingers—while discussing important matters, of course, such as activism, YouTube beauty tutorials, the Spice Girls.... Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Watch Millie Bobby Brown Paint Stephen Colbert's Nails (Really)," 20 Nov. 2018 Lamentably, the nearshore waters of this former French colony are chocolate rather than azure, muddied by outflow from the Amazon and other rivers. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 On the red carpet for the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Tiffany Haddish and Mandy Moore sported ponytails both playful and powerful while Yara Shahidi embraced her natural texture with a curly bob and a piercing azure gaze. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of June 18, 2018," 19 June 2018 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Deep azure waters, windswept beaches, 21 islands strung together like jewels on a necklace, sandstone cliffs, mystical caves. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 The non-stop flight comes at a perfect time for the Philippines to lure tourists to its sandy beaches and azure waters since Boracay, the island voted by our readers as best in the world, is scheduled to reopen this October. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "Philippine Airlines Will Launch New Non-Stop Flights From New York to Manila," 9 Apr. 2018 Shop t-shirts, totes, vases, and decorative bowls treated with artful brushstrokes—swipes of pale yellow, azure, and coral that resemble a painter’s color-tests. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Crosby Studios Opens an Ultra-Cool, Ultraviolet Pop-Up at Opening Ceremony," 10 May 2018 The gorgeous sliver of azure that colors the winter hemisphere in our images of Saturn is, in effect, a slice of Neptune's atmosphere spliced onto Saturn's. Carolyn Porco, Scientific American, "Cassini at Saturn: A Retrospective," 1 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of azure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for azure

Middle English asur, from Anglo-French azeure, probably from Old Spanish, modification of Arabic lāzaward, from Persian lāzhuward

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English Language Learners Definition of azure

: the blue color of the sky


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Kids Definition of azure

: the blue color of the clear daytime sky


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Medical Definition of azure

: any of several dyes used as biological stains

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