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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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Examples of azure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Undisciplined ivy scales the building in thick ropes and coils of porcelain berry vine, whose fruit will ripen to obscene brilliance come autumn, those strange berries, turquoise, violet, azure . . . Campbell Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "At the Ruins of Yankee Stadium," 20 Apr. 2020 The tent was lighted in pleasing azure; projections were beamed onto its white fabric; chamber-music performances touched on elegy and sorrow; and speeches could be watched on video screens within the tent and on YouTube without. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "Auschwitz 75 Years After Liberation," 28 Jan. 2020 On one wall, there is an explosion of azure, saffron, ruby and emerald, brilliant hues of a sunny village in central Africa. Joseph Williams, New York Times, "Visualizing the Refugee Experience," 11 Mar. 2020 Don’t miss the 1.3-mile Morro de Hac Sa Family Trail, with views of the azure South China Sea. Wufei Yu, Outside Online, "Adventure Detours in the World's Most Visited Cities," 27 Jan. 2020 Gorgeous, much larger eastern bronze azure butterflies are arrayed next to the enigmas. National Geographic, "60 hours on burning Kangaroo Island," 17 Jan. 2020 The image itself, of an African American man as the azure Übermensch — as both black and blue, to quote Fats Waller — was a striking statement, reimagining the universe’s one superbeing like an icon out of Afrofuturistic art. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "The Incredible, Indelible ‘Watchmen’," 16 Dec. 2019 The former played up a blue sequined body suit with a buzz cut colored a coordinated azure, while the latter had lengths styled to swing interminably, regardless of her chosen pose. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Candice Swanepoel, Samile Bermannelli, and More Strike a Pose," 6 Jan. 2019 The sub’s lights cast rich twilight colors, azure and indigo ebbing to black. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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30 Apr 2020

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“Azure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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