- a transparent, bright-green precious stone; green variety of beryl
- a similar variety of corundum
- bright green
Origin of emeraldMiddle English and amp; Old French emeralde ; from Vulgar Latin smaraldus, for Classical Latin smaragdus ; from Classical Greek smaragdos, of non-European origin, originally
- made of or with an emerald or emeralds
- designating or of a rectangular cut for gems used esp. with emeralds
- A brilliant green to grass-green transparent variety of beryl, used as a gemstone.
- A strong yellowish green.
Origin of emeraldMiddle English emeraude, from Old French, from Medieval Latin esmeralda, esmeraldus, from Latin smaragdus, from Greek smaragdos; akin to Sanskrit marakatam, probably of Semitic origin; akin to Akkadian barraqtu and Hebrew bareqet, a kind of gemstone (probably emerald); see brq in Semitic roots.
(comparative more emerald, superlative most emerald)
- Of a rich green colour.
From Middle English emeraude, from Old French esmeraude, from Vulgar Latin *esmaralda, *esmaraldus, variant of Latin smaragdus, from Ancient Greek σμάραγδος (smaragdos), μάραγδος (maragdos), from Semitic root b-r-q “to shoot lightning, to flash in darkness”, compare Hebrew בָּרֶקֶת (bareket) “emerald, flashing gem”, Akkadian [script?] (barruktu), Arabic buraq “lightning”. [Arabic?] Sanskrit मरकत (marakata) from a Semitic language. Persian زمرد (zomorrod) (whence Turkish zümrüt, whence Russian изумруд (izumrud) from Ancient Greek σμάραγδος (smaragdos).