Looking for a fancier way to describe the deep blue sky on a crisp fall day or the jewel-toned waters of the Caribbean? Try azure.

Some people might describe the color azure as sapphire in hue, but in fact there's another gem responsible for this word. At its root, azure comes to us from a French mistranslation of the Arabic word (al)-lazaward, which means “lapis lazuli” — the dazzling deep blue stone that's very common in Afghanistan. The Arabic word actually refers to an area of Turkestan where Marco Polo collected lapis lazuli for friends back home.

Definitions of azure
  1. adjective
    of a deep somewhat purplish blue color similar to that of a clear October sky
    synonyms: bright blue, cerulean, sky-blue
    being or having or characterized by hue
  2. noun
    a light shade of blue
    synonyms: cerulean, lazuline, sapphire, sky-blue
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    type of:
    blue, blueness
    blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime
  3. verb
    color azure
    “Morning azured the village”
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