: the blue color of the clear sky
: the heraldic color blue
: the unclouded sky
archaic : lapis lazuli
azure adjective

Examples of azure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The water below is a dark azure, its depths unimaginable. Celeste Moure, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Feb. 2024 French-terry cloth daybeds and couches are clustered in intimate seating arrangements, while the infinity lap pool reflects the azure of the expansive Oaxacan sky. Catherine Tansey, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2024 The sky — a cloudy azure during the day and navy at night — is inviting. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2024 With a mouse click, projected sea levels that incorporate data on storm surges climbed up to 10 feet, bathing cities in the Bay Area in azure. Eli Ramos, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 On the color wheel, blaze orange is opposite azure and therefore pops out against blues and greens. WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023 One of the loveliest paintings in the exhibition, with something resembling the heads of matches stylized in black across the top of a vertical azure burst of revelation. Lee Cullum, Dallas News, 17 Mar. 2023 Another part is the wide-eyed innocence of those mysterious men of azure, let loose in their imaginative playpen. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 The male Chapman’s blue butterfly — native to southern Europe, Morocco and the Middle East — is known for its wings of shimmering azure. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, 25 Apr. 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Azure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azure. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the blue color of the clear sky

Medical Definition


: any of several dyes used as biological stains

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