ce·​ru·​le·​an | \ sə-ˈrü-lē-ən How to pronounce cerulean (audio) \

Definition of cerulean

: resembling the blue of the sky

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Cerulean comes from Latin caeruleus, which means "dark blue" and is most likely from caelum, "sky."

Examples of cerulean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But as described in that cerulean-sweater scene from The Devil Wears Prada, what happens at the tip-top of the fashion hierarchy rains down on the rest of us. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 23 June 2022 Jaden Smith soaked up the sun whilst swimming in cerulean waters, his dreads, luminous complexion, and assemblage of necklaces combining in a visual ode to an endless summer. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 17 July 2022 The name is fitting: On a clear day, a cerulean sky stretches over 30 acres of pasture. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 13 June 2022 Vibrant, cerulean-colored walls make the perfect complement to a tapestry-like room divider in this sophisticated living room by New York City designer Nick Olsen. Marisa Martin, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 Tiles by Original Style give a white and cerulean scheme a sleek twist in this Bordeaux, France, bathroom designed by Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagra. Kelsey Mulvey, ELLE Decor, 3 May 2022 With its cerulean blue waves and immense 15-mile shoreline, the southern edge of Lake Michigan, home to Indiana Dunes National Park, might appear tropical at first glance. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 Apr. 2022 Those most eager to curry favor with the soon-to-be leader hurried to his campaign headquarters early in the selection exercise, posing outside his office in front of a cerulean poster featuring the city skyline. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 8 May 2022 To the northeast, the cerulean Atlantic stretched to the horizon. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of cerulean

1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cerulean

Latin caeruleus dark blue

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“Cerulean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cerulean. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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