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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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Other Words from azure

azure adjective

Examples of azure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With cascades of tangerine to lemon ruffles and azure to ivory frills, the Sacai x Tomo Koizumi collection offers a slightly more punkish and over-the-top kind of beauty than your typical summery tote. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 25 May 2021 Its azure and emerald shores are dotted with villages where elders visit outside, sipping energy drinks and chatting in Tao while friendly black dogs – some wearing collars crafted with traditional patterns – run through the alleys between houses. Ralph Jennings, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 Perched on a canyon-rim plateau, with views of the adjacent monument and Lake Powell’s azure waters, the camp’s 50 safari-style tents are spread across 220 acres. Erin Riley, Outside Online, 3 May 2021 Resplendent in a shimmering azure-blue dress, Clayton sat in her electric wheelchair in the chic Malibu office of the record producer and label owner Lou Adler. New York Times, 28 Mar. 2021 Shake things up with these azure-leaning ornaments. Kara Nelson | Contributing Writer,, 1 Dec. 2020 The blue grew ever deeper, the white more radiant, the sun more golden, the green more azure, the motionless women’s bodies more exciting, the naked children more graceful. Joseph Roth, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 In Nigerian artist Tonia Nneji’s Ji dé, two women painted in velvety indigos and midnight blues, and dressed in royal azure and amethyst purple undergarments, sit holding one another. Enuma Okoro, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2020 Like a dotted line along a map's azure realms, a blueway is a trail that follows water from one point to another. Southern Living, 12 July 2020

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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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The first known use of azure was in the 14th century

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“Azure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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