sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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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Kate wore a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Sapphire Earrings in Scotland," 29 Jan. 2019 Similarly, Prince William reportedly carried his mother’s sapphire engagement ring with him in his backpack for three weeks before asking Kate Middleton to marry him in 2010. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "British Royal Engagement Rings Throughout History," 30 Sep. 2018 Diana selected the Ceylon sapphire stone set in white gold that has since become iconic. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Here's Why Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring Is So Controversial," 18 Aug. 2018 After Prince George was born in 2014, Kate was spotted out wearing a new eternity band on her ring finger stacked with her sapphire engagement ring that belonged to William's late mother, Princess Diana. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Citrine Ring Might Not Be a Push Present from Prince William After All," 1 Aug. 2018 Think of this as the pink version of Kate Middleton's sapphire with a diamond halo, that once belonged to Princess Diana. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga's Engagement Ring is the Pink Version of Kate Middleton's," 17 Oct. 2018 Prospectors tore up the area in search of sapphires. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 The prices are phenomenally low by anyone's standards: a sixteen-inch strand of pearls starts at about $300; a three-strand necklace of raw sapphires, around 150 stones, may sell for $300. Olivia Wells, Town & Country, "Secrets of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar," 14 Jan. 2013 Apple also changed the back of the Watch to be all ceramic and sapphire crystal, which should allow for better cellular reception on the LTE models. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Sparking envy in current Apple Watch owners," 12 Sep. 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of sapphire

: a clear, usually deep blue jewel
: a deep blue color


sap·​phire | \ ˈsa-ˌfīr \

Kids Definition of sapphire

: a clear bright blue gemstone

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