Definition of sapphire in English:

sapphire

noun

  • 1A transparent precious stone, typically blue, which is a variety of corundum (aluminium oxide)

    as modifier ‘a sapphire ring’
    • ‘Most of them were common gems - rubies, diamonds, onyxes, sapphires, emeralds, topazes, and so on, and were used to supplement Elements and Talents.’
    • ‘There are no futures markets in diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, amethysts or any other precious stone because of their ‘unique’ factor.’
    • ‘Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and many more gems I couldn't name adorned his neck, wrists, hands and ankles.’
    • ‘There must have been at least twenty paintings in all and they displayed spectacular scenes and were framed in what looked like frames of emeralds, rubies, sapphires and other precious gems!’
    • ‘The possibilities were endless: rubies, emeralds, sapphires and black onyx.’
    • ‘Gemstones such as diamonds, opals, sapphires, and rubies are produced in Brazil.’
    • ‘The most expensive were composed of a carved hardstone mounted in gold, with or without enameling, and with push-pieces of moonstone or sapphires bordered by rose diamonds.’
    • ‘The whole was embroidered with hundreds of pearls laced with two agates, twelve chrysolites, twelve garnets, a gold-mounted sapphire and a large pendant pearl.’
    • ‘One by one, he picked up the diamond necklace, the ruby necklace, the sapphire ring, and the onyx ring.’
    • ‘Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, coral, and pearl are found in abundance.’
    • ‘You might like a plain silver ring with ancient Celtic designs or a sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring made of pure gold.’
    • ‘Pearl earrings accented with diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.’
    • ‘A few months ago I was considering a custom-made toilet seat decorated with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond.’
    • ‘‘I want you to keep this,’ he told me, his eyes fixed on the sapphire ring.’
    • ‘Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.’
    • ‘Wading in a pool of brackish water, a man pans for rubies, sapphires and other gems using a basket at one of Sri Lanka's many pit mines.’
    • ‘On her fingers, she wore diamond, emerald and sapphire rings, and jeweled earrings hung from her ears.’
    • ‘Emma wiped away her tears and took the small sapphire ring from the box.’
    • ‘Like those objects, the cup is decorated with gemstones - emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.’
    • ‘The hardest stones, such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, are normally cut and polished and mounted as jewellery.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A bright blue colour.
      as modifier ‘the sapphire blue of the lake’
      ‘there was the slightest flicker of light deep within his sapphire eyes’
      • ‘By the nineteenth century these glass liners were often made in a beautiful deep sapphire blue that showed through their openwork silver cages.’
      • ‘She had that amazing, natural-blonde head of hair and deep, sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘A button-up oxford shirt, sapphire blue, meshed well with his eyes.’
      • ‘Sometimes, they would change into an incredible tint of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘His eyes were a stunning, mesmerizing, absolutely divinely hue of sapphire blue.’
      • ‘A bucket with sapphire blue water was in my hands.’
      • ‘Johnny's sapphire blue eyes twinkled with enthusiasm.’
      • ‘She was beautiful, and her eyes were sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Charles nodded, reached into his coat pocket, and withdrew a square, sapphire blue, lidded box, only slightly larger than his palm.’
      • ‘The sun is Crayola yellow and the water is sapphire blue.’
      • ‘She wore a long, sapphire blue gown embroidered with silver.’
      • ‘She had waist long brown hair, and dazzling sapphire blue eyes.’
      • ‘She had hair made of strands of pure gold, and eyes like the hundred thousand sapphire blue irises that had encased Nighting Lyre.’
      • ‘Her eyes were sapphire blue and had the ability to drown me in.’
      • ‘He still had the same reddish-bronze hair and sapphire blue eyes, but his looks had changed dramatically.’
      • ‘She looked stunning in a gown of sapphire blue, which emphasized the blueness of her eyes.’
      • ‘She and the two men were on the very edge of the desert, where there was nothing but a clear, sapphire blue sky to look up to.’
      • ‘She looked in the mirror and changed her contacts from pearl gray to sapphire blue.’
      • ‘Amethyst, sapphire blue and green color lenses are magnificent on women with dark skin.’
      • ‘Claire smoothed the skirt of her sapphire blue evening gown.’
      sky blue, azure, cobalt, cobalt blue, sapphire, cerulean, navy, navy blue, saxe, saxe blue, Oxford blue, Cambridge blue, ultramarine, lapis lazuli, indigo, aquamarine, turquoise, teal, teal blue, cyan, of the colour of the sky, of the colour of the sea
  • 2A small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colours in its plumage and a short tail.

    Hylocharis and other genera, family Trochilidae: several species

    ‘He also heard a blue-throated sapphire (also called a blue-throated golden-tail), a relatively small hummingbird.’

Origin

Middle English from Old French safir, via Latin from Greek sappheiros, probably denoting lapis lazuli.

Pronunciation

sapphire

/ˈsafʌɪə/