A pile of sapphires.
sapphire definition by Webster's New World
- a clear, deep-blue variety of corundum, valued as a precious stone
- its color
- a translucent or transparent variety of corundum, varying in color
- a gem made of this: white, yellow, and purple sapphires
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French saphir ; from Classical Latin sapphirus ; from Classical Greek sappheiros ; from Classical Hebrew (language) sapir ; from Sanskrit śanipriya, literally , dear to Saturn ; from Śaniḥ, Saturn (the planet) plush priya, beloved ; from Indo-European an unverified form prī-, variant, variety of base an unverified form prēi-, to love from source friend
sapphire definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A clear hard variety of corundum used as a gemstone that is usually blue but may be any color except red.
- A corundum gem.
- The blue color of a gem sapphire.
- Made of or resembling a gem sapphire.
- Having the color of a blue sapphire.
Origin: Middle English saphir, from Old French safir, from Latin sapphīrus, from Greek sappheiros, of Semitic origin; akin to Hebrew sappîr, a precious stone.
sapphire - Science Definition