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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Examples of sapphire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of McGrath's most colorful pieces, the Eiffel sapphire ring, was inspired by the beauty of Paris' Eiffel Tower and its impressive lattice framework. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Beaming at the camera, Kate also shows off her blue sapphire engagement ring—passed down from the late Princess Diana—front and center. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2021 The sapphire and diamond parure includes a tiara, earrings, a ring, bracelet and pendants. CNN, 6 May 2021 While promoting the final season of Shrill, Aidy Bryant wore Simone Rocha’s vivid sapphire brocade mini-dress. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 10 May 2021 Tim GrahamGetty Images When Diana died in 1997, Prince William reportedly selected Diana's own Cartier Tank watch from his mother's collection, while Harry chose to keep her iconic sapphire engagement ring. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 9 May 2021 True to the original Chronomat, which debuted in 1984, the rider tabs on each model protect the sapphire crystal. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 7 May 2021 Increasingly, the same is true of Antoni Esteva and Majorca, situated some 130 miles from the Spanish mainland in the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 This minute repeater, though, boasts crystal gongs that attach directly to the sapphire crystal for optimum acoustics. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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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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