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 blueb : a gem of such corundum
2 : a deep purplish-blue color
Recent Examples of sapphire from the Web
The reel features a sapphire-jeweled spool tension washer for a smoother, harder surface for the spool shaft to turn against.
A sapphire blue throw blanket ties the space together.
West Fork Foss River: Head to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and follow the West Fork of the Foss River to an array of destinations next to sapphire-blue water.
The clock, plated in mother of pearl, 18K white gold and crystal, also is diamond- and sapphire-encrusted and is referred to on the dealer’s website as the Asprey & Co. Mystery Clock.
Several totes and cases that carried jewelry and gems including emeralds, sapphires and rubies were missing, police said.
A case in point is his piece in the Christie's sale: an abstract yet geometric gem suite (expected to sell for $25,000-38,000) that offers an explosion of color through its use of green tourmaline, rubies, sapphires, diamonds and gold.
The star wore a matching rectangular cut sapphire Bulgari ring on her left index finger surrounded by pavé diamonds.
The crystal is sapphire, with antireflective coating.
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Origin and Etymology of sapphire
Middle English safir, from Anglo-French, from Latin sapphirus, from Greek sappheiros, perhaps of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappīr sapphire
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
SAPPHIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sapphire for English Language Learners
: a clear, usually deep blue jewel
: a deep blue color
SAPPHIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of sapphire for Students
: a clear bright blue gemstone
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