sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce sapphire (audio) \

Definition of sapphire

1a : a gem variety of corundum in transparent or translucent crystals of a color other than red especially : one of a transparent rich blue
b : a gem of such corundum
2 : a deep purplish-blue color

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While tea floating on top of milk is photogenic in itself, add a boost of blue to your tea with a sapphire shot. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 Each birthstone is said to have its own meaning and significance, with sapphires believed to protect those close to you from harm, peridots said to instill power in the wearer, and emeralds considered a symbol of rebirth and love. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Moving Story Behind Duchess Meghan's Stunning Lorraine Schwartz Eternity Ring," 29 June 2019 Consider the sapphire tips—whether permanent or here for one night only—the ultimate summer-ready accessory, just in time for music festival season. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Taylor Swift Debuts a Colorful Hair Statement on Her New Album Cover," 14 June 2019 For her part, the Duchess of Cambridge wore the Lover's Knot Tiara and the Queen Mother's sapphire and diamond fringe earrings. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears Jewelry with Ties to Princess Diana and the Queen Mother at Tonight's State Banquet," 3 June 2019 In another poster, a bright blue bolt grazes Evans’s face, making him look like an angel just touched down from a sapphire sun. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "The enduring legacy and fantasy of Captain America’s beard, explained," 18 June 2019 Trek the most picturesque stages of the trail to experience the natural treasures and cultural heritage of these three splendid countries, discovering remote chapels, sapphire lakes, and secluded waterfalls. National Geographic, "Hiking the Alpe-Adria Trail through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy," 12 June 2019 Among the charges paid for by the diocese were 87 purchases totaling $61,000 from Ann Hand, a D.C. jewelry boutique specializing in patriotic items such as gold and sapphire eagles, records show. Anchorage Daily News, "W. Virgnia bishop spent millions on himself and sent cash to priests he was accused of mistreating, Vatican report says," 5 June 2019 Among the charges paid for by the diocese were 87 purchases totaling $61,000 from Ann Hand, a D.C. jewelry boutique specializing in patriotic items such as gold and sapphire eagles, records show. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: W. Va. bishop sent diocese funds to abuse victims," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of sapphire

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sapphire

Middle English safir, from Anglo-French, from Latin sapphirus, from Greek sappheiros, perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappīr sapphire

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English Language Learners Definition of sapphire

: a clear, usually deep blue jewel
: a deep blue color


sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfīr How to pronounce sapphire (audio) \

Kids Definition of sapphire

: a clear bright blue gemstone

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