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Etymology

Old French azur, derived from Arabic لازوَرْد (lāzaward), lapis lazuli), dropping the l as if it were equivalent to the French article l'. The Arabic is from Persian لاجورد (lajward), azure), from the region of Lajward in Turkestan.

Compare with Italian azzurro and Spanish azul.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
azure

Plural
-

azure (-)
  1. (heraldry) A blue colour on a coat of arms, represented in engraving by horizontal parallel lines.
    • 1997, Brault, Early Blazon:
      In Bb [Glover's Roll], the conventional letter B is used to indicate azure in most items.
  2. The clear blue colour of the sky; also, a pigment or dye of this colour.
    azure colour:   
  3. (poetic) The unclouded sky; the blue vault above.
  4. The lapis lazuli.

Translations

Adjective

azure (not comparable)

Positive
azure

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. (color) Sky-blue; resembling the clear blue colour of the unclouded sky; cerulean; also, cloudless.
  2. (heraldry) In blazon, of the colour blue.

Translations

(heraldry) of blue colour on a coat of arms

Verb

Infinitive
to azure

Third person singular
azur

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to azure (third-person singular simple present azur, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To colour blue.

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