ce·​ru·​le·​an sə-ˈrü-lē-ən How to pronounce cerulean (audio)
: resembling the blue of the sky

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Cerulean comes from Latin caeruleus, which means "dark blue" and is most likely from caelum, "sky."

Examples of cerulean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon arrival, visitors descend a steep and winding hill to the white-sided lobby building, shielded from the sun by a striped green-and-white awning with glimpses of cerulean waters beyond. Tonya Russell, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Aug. 2023 Brands like Luli Fama and Sigal played into trending shades reminiscent of the ocean with hues of cerulean blue, teal, and aqua. Kendall Becker, refinery29.com, 13 June 2023 Photographs from the trips show porcelain beaches, cerulean waters and fresh mahi-mahi. Brett Murphy, ProPublica, 10 Aug. 2023 Skyline Loop Trail Where: Blue Hills Reservation in Milton Total distance: Three-mile loop Difficulty: Challenging Its boulders aren't made from sapphire, and its trees don't grow cerulean branches, but the Blue Hills are undeniably blue. Madeline Bilis, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2023 Afterward, a squadron of Royal Air Force jets streaked across the cerulean skies above Edinburgh’s royal mile. Mark Landler, New York Times, 5 July 2023 Bristol County: Gooseberry Neck in Westport featured an American golden-plover and a cerulean warbler. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2023 Between blood orange and cerulean blue, there are plenty of fresh alternatives that are ready to liven up your swimwear assortment. Kendall Becker, refinery29.com, 13 June 2023 Cornflowers Sow these hardy annuals in the spring in a sunny patch of land for a summer-long supply of blossoms that can be cerulean blue, dark burgundy, white, reddish purple or pink. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 7 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin caeruleus dark blue

First Known Use

1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cerulean was in 1599


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“Cerulean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerulean. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ce·​ru·​le·​an sə-ˈrü-lē-ən How to pronounce cerulean (audio)
: colored blue like the sky

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