Adjective "sapphire" definition and examples

(Sapphire may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsafʌɪə/

Definitions and examples

noun

A transparent precious stone, typically blue, which is a variety of corundum (aluminium oxide)
  1. 'The possibilities were endless: rubies, emeralds, sapphires and black onyx.'
  2. 'A few months ago I was considering a custom-made toilet seat decorated with rubies, sapphires, pearls and a diamond.'
  3. 'Pearl earrings accented with diamonds, sapphires, or rubies.'
  4. 'Most of them were common gems - rubies, diamonds, onyxes, sapphires, emeralds, topazes, and so on, and were used to supplement Elements and Talents.'
  5. 'You might like a plain silver ring with ancient Celtic designs or a sapphire and diamond-encrusted ring made of pure gold.'
  6. 'Gold, silver, lapis lazuli, rubies, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and many more gems I couldn't name adorned his neck, wrists, hands and ankles.'
  7. '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.'
  8. 'Ruby, sapphire, emerald, opal, coral, and pearl are found in abundance.'
  9. '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!'
  10. '‘I want you to keep this,’ he told me, his eyes fixed on the sapphire ring.'
  11. as modifier 'the sapphire blue of the lake'
  12. 'By the nineteenth century these glass liners were often made in a beautiful deep sapphire blue that showed through their openwork silver cages.'
  13. '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.'
  14. 'Sometimes, they would change into an incredible tint of sapphire blue.'
  15. 'She had hair made of strands of pure gold, and eyes like the hundred thousand sapphire blue irises that had encased Nighting Lyre.'
  16. 'She wore a long, sapphire blue gown embroidered with silver.'
  17. 'She looked stunning in a gown of sapphire blue, which emphasized the blueness of her eyes.'
  18. 'She looked in the mirror and changed her contacts from pearl gray to sapphire blue.'
  19. 'The sun is Crayola yellow and the water is sapphire blue.'
  20. 'His eyes were a stunning, mesmerizing, absolutely divinely hue of sapphire blue.'
  21. 'Claire smoothed the skirt of her sapphire blue evening gown.'
A small hummingbird with shining blue or violet colours in its plumage and a short tail.

    More definitions

    1. any gem variety of corundum other than the ruby, especially one of the blue varieties.

    2. a gem of this kind.

    3. the color of this gem, a deep blue. adjective

    4. resembling sapphire; deep blue: a sapphire sky.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "securities can be sapphire."

    "rings can be sapphire."

    "eyes can be sapphire."

    "waters can be sapphire."

    "seas can be sapphire."

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    Origin

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