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

Other Words from sapphire

sapphire adjective

Examples of sapphire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of this is visible through the watch’s sapphire case back. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 29 July 2022 There, Indrajith presented Amrit with a sapphire engagement ring and asked her to be his wife. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 5 May 2022 The pair also posed for photos, with Diana wearing the famous sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring — which now belongs to Kate Middleton — and spoke to the BBC about their state of mind. Nicole Briese,, 21 July 2022 According to the text on the back, both models use sapphire crystal and have optional LTE and GPS. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 7 July 2022 My top piece of Geneva watch week, by some margin, was the Chopard Full Strike, now offered in a full sapphire case. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 6 June 2022 The Cvstos Re-Belle is powered by the CVS 882 self-winding mechanical caliber that is also visible via a transparent sapphire case back. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The bride kept her makeup natural, and limited her jewelry to simple blue sapphire drop earrings. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2021 Most famously, Prince William proposed to Kate with the sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to Princess Diana, and Kate is rarely seen without the piece. Stephanie Petit,, 17 June 2022 See More

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

Kids Definition of sapphire

: a clear bright blue gemstone

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