sapphire

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noun sap·phire \ˈsa-ˌfīr\

Definition of sapphire

  1. 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. 2 :  a deep purplish-blue color

sapphire

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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 century


SAPPHIRE Defined for English Language Learners

sapphire

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Definition of sapphire for English Language Learners

  • : a clear, usually deep blue jewel

  • : a deep blue color


SAPPHIRE Defined for Kids

sapphire

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noun sap·phire \ˈsa-ˌfīr\

Definition of sapphire for Students

  1. :  a clear bright blue gemstone



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