sap·​phire ˈsa-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce sapphire (audio)
: a gem variety of corundum in transparent or translucent crystals of a color other than red
especially : one of a transparent rich blue
: a gem of such corundum
: a deep purplish-blue color
sapphire adjective

Examples of sapphire in a Sentence

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Word History


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 century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of sapphire was in the 13th century

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“Sapphire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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sap·​phire ˈsaf-ˌī(ə)r How to pronounce sapphire (audio)
: a clear bright blue precious stone
: a deep purplish blue
sapphire adjective

Middle English safir "sapphire," from early French safir (same meaning), from Latin sapphirus "sapphire," from Greek sappheiros (same meaning), perhaps of Semitic origin

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