Definition of cerulean
: resembling the blue of the sky
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Recent Examples of cerulean from the Web
The warm weather sent stateside models water bound: Irina Shayk hit the pool, her post-baby body dipping easily under the cerulean waters, and Ari Westphal posed for a kiss in Rockaway Beach.
NASA broke the news today by sharing the above photo of Pluto’s cerulean halo, taken in July by the New Horizons spacecraft.
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Did You Know?
Cerulean comes from the Latin word caeruleus, which means "dark blue" and is most likely from "caelum," the Latin word for "sky." An artist rendering a sky of blue in oils or watercolors might choose a tube of cerulean blue pigment. Birdwatchers in the eastern U.S. might look skyward and see a cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea). "Cerulean" is not the only color name that's closely associated with the sky. "Azure" (which ultimately comes from a Persian word for lapis lazuli, a rich blue stone) describes the color of a cloudless sky and can even be a noun meaning "the unclouded sky."
Origin and Etymology of cerulean
Latin caeruleus dark blue
First Known Use: 1662See Words from the same year
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