ul·​tra·​ma·​rine | \ ˌəl-trə-mə-ˈrēn How to pronounce ultramarine (audio) \

Definition of ultramarine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a vivid blue
2a(1) : a blue pigment prepared by powdering lapis lazuli
(2) : a similar pigment prepared from kaolin, soda ash, sulfur, and charcoal
b : any of several related pigments



Definition of ultramarine (Entry 2 of 2)

: situated beyond the sea

Examples of ultramarine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Golden Artist Colors, a paint company in New York, noted the dearth of titanium white could limit the production of mixed blue paints, such as light phthalo blue and light ultramarine. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 The Dutch artist applied ultramarine to mundane scenes of ordinary people with the skill of a master and the self-restraint of a child. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Painter Yves Klein registered a trademark for a shade of ultramarine called International Klein Blue in 1957, and jewelry brand Tiffany & Co.'s signature blue is also protected. CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 In 2010, scientists analyzed the composition of the 1893 and 1910 versions of The Scream and found the pigments used included cadmium yellow, vermillion, ultramarine, and viridian, all common in the 19th century. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 21 May 2020 Favorite colors right now: Brown, ultramarine for fabrics and finishes, Crayon peach—literally the color of peach Crayons—for tile and walls, dusty terra cotta. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, 4 Mar. 2020 Skeletal lines in silk pique applique, in an ultramarine blue inspired by a painting by the post-war French nouveau realist Yves Klein, adorned the front, from just below the neck to just above the hem. Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2019 Only then can the brilliant ultramarine that color skies and the Virgin Mary’s dress in many European paintings be retrieved. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 21 Mar. 2018 The pigments are variously derived from plants, minerals, animals, insects, and, like synthetic ultramarine, from nothing more magical than chemistry experiments. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 15 Mar. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Seeking a durable blue paint 300 years earlier, Vermeer would have been limited to natural ultramarine blue. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 Two years later, after the artist’s death, his widow shepherded a coffee table filled with the same ultramarine pigment to market, based on the late artist’s prototype. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 23 June 2021 The British brand’s new Curve calf leather bag comes in colors including lime green, chrome green, Welsh red and ultramarine blue. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 The phones come in onyx black, ultramarine blue and glacial green. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2020 Figuring out how to stabilize an ultramarine blue pigment so it could be used in foundation formulas for the first time. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, 3 Sep. 2019 Blue rubber mulch slopes upward from the pool, extending the yard’s clean ultramarine look, all accentuated by aggregate coated with gray non-slip adhesive paint. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, 6 July 2018 The wine is made from grapes grown down the hill from us at a vineyard sloping toward the ultramarine Limmat River, which snakes through Zurich. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 May 2018 For example, many of the colorants that are used in makeup are mineral pigments, iron oxides, ultramarine colorants, etc. Joyann King, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2014 See More

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First Known Use of ultramarine


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a(1)


1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ultramarine


Medieval Latin ultramarinus coming from beyond the sea, from Latin ultra- + mare sea — more at marine

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The first known use of ultramarine was in 1598

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“Ultramarine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultramarine. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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