ruby

1 of 2

noun

ru·​by ˈrü-bē How to pronounce ruby (audio)
plural rubies
1
a
: a precious stone that is a red corundum
b
: something (such as a watch bearing) made of ruby
2
a
: the dark red color of the ruby
b
: something resembling a ruby in color

ruby

2 of 2

adjective

: of the color ruby

Examples of ruby in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The ring has a reversible top and on the alternate top of the ring, the 49 points of rubies represent the number of players who held an active spot on the team. Lawrence Dow, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Mar. 2024 While filming The Wizard of Oz, Garland wore multiple pairs of ruby slippers. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Mar. 2024 Her iconic ruby slippers might agree – now that the FBI has recovered a pair, stolen from a museum in Grand Rapids. CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 All six of the vinyl editions were ruby red-colored, and five offered alternate cover art. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 17 Mar. 2024 Two men were charged with the theft; one of whom allegedly believed them to have been made with actual rubies. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 The spring sale will include some of the finest Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds, red spinels, and Paraiba tourmalines, according to Phillips. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2024 Good on you, Kimberlee! Merlot 2021 (Napa Valley) - Bright, medium deep ruby red; aromas of black cherry, black plum, purple orchid and a hint of clove. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Ross even donned a floor-length ruby hued chiffon gown. Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Trump won Missouri by 18.5 percentage points and 15.4 percentage points in 2016 and 2020, respectively, solidifying the state’s transformation from perennial bellwether to ruby-red bastion with a grassroots Republican base that is very supportive of the 45th president. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, 19 Apr. 2021 Unlike a lot of sodas out there, Top Note’s made with real ruby-red grapefruit juice, which gives it a vibrant hue. Jeanette Hurt, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 Manchin has held that seat since 2010, repeatedly defeating Republican candidates in what has become a ruby-red state. Sahil Kapur, NBC News, 1 Feb. 2023 As two chickens look on, the ruby-red slipper-shoe of a woman (Rosa) steps out the door. Vulture, 6 Jan. 2023 The ruby-red rectangle houses the wonderful fragrance, and is capped by a gold bar. Dallas News, 30 Nov. 2022 Next to the ruby-red Majorelle bar, L’Asiatique restaurant, with its Ming Dynasty–style chairs and black lacquer tables, is a vision of Deco decadence. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Dec. 2022 Chung says that the restaurant remained takeout-only throughout the pandemic and never reinstated dine-in service, despite its roomy ruby-red booths. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Dec. 2022 There's no way the delicate ribbed details and ruby-red color could be considered ugly. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French rubi, rubin, from Medieval Latin rubinus, from Latin rubeus reddish; akin to Latin ruber red — more at red

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ruby was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ruby.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruby. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

ruby

1 of 2 noun
ru·​by ˈrü-bē How to pronounce ruby (audio)
plural rubies
1
: a precious stone of a deep red color
2
: the dark red color of the ruby

ruby

2 of 2 adjective
: dark red in color
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