Definition of cerulean
: resembling the blue of the sky
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Recent Examples of cerulean from the Web
One billowing cape in cerulean blue velvet sported a contrasting under garment with white sporty zip up collar.
In this brief five-minute look at the game there’s your ship headquarters, surrounded by cerulean ocean waves, an island town full of rocky shoals and beach huts, and a desert ruin beset by a sandstorm.
Nearby, don’t miss: The cerulean seas, puttering yachts, and international jet-set around the dazzling Costa Smeralda.
Blue bedrooms (light cerulean to cadet blue) added $1,856 to a home's worth; compare that to pink bedrooms, which saw a slight decrease in sales price ($208).
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.
The last leg of their journey, a cramped week’s sail through the Aegean and Mediterranean seas aboard a cerulean 15-meter yacht, the Polina, piloted by three Ukrainian skippers, cost $7,000 a head.
Hach-Otis' new piece hosts nests of rare birds, including the yellow-bellied sapsucker and cerulean warbler.
Festival co-founder Lee Reynolds is still awake and riding high after his midnight set, shouting and chanting at the picturesque cerulean sky with his hair disheveled, voice rasped, and squinting eyes and arms raised high.
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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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