ce·​ru·​le·​an | \ sə-ˈrü-lē-ən How to pronounce cerulean (audio) \

Definition of cerulean

: 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 To the northeast, the cerulean Atlantic stretched to the horizon. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Thomas Rhett stepped out in a cerulean blue suit, and told Entertainment Tonight that there had been a problem with his pants. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 8 Mar. 2022 We were met with cerulean water in every direction, as magnificent rivers of ice dropped off toward the sea. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2021 Today, while only two people live on Comino, the island and its cerulean waters attract visitors who come by boat to see this pristine place. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 15 Feb. 2022 This room also includes four beds and is decked out in cerulean blue and gold, giving the space a luxurious feel. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Few Great Lakes landscapes impress like the 32,557-acre Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness, where soaring gold dunes spill into cerulean waters for a scene that looks much more Caribbean than Lake Michigan. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 26 July 2021 The final attraction is a welcome sight: a cerulean 95-degree pool shrouded in trees. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 31 Jan. 2022 The star wore an oversized cerulean track jacket courtesy of British Jamaican menswear designer Martine Rose, a favorite for stars like Hailey Bieber and Frank Ocean. Ana Escalante, Glamour, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cerulean

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cerulean

Latin caeruleus dark blue

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3 May 2022

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“Cerulean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerulean. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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