Emerald Definition

ĕmər-əld, ĕmrəld
emeralds
noun
A transparent, bright-green precious stone; green variety of beryl.
Webster's New World
A similar variety of corundum.
Webster's New World
Bright green.
Webster's New World

(dated, UK, printing) A kind of type, in size between minion and nonpareil.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
adjective
Bright-green.
Webster's New World
Of a strong yellowish green.
American Heritage
Made of or with an emerald or emeralds.
Webster's New World
Designating or of a rectangular cut for gems used esp. with emeralds.
Webster's New World
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pronoun

A town in Queensland, Australia.

Wiktionary
(rare) A female given name.
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Other Word Forms of Emerald

Noun

Singular:
emerald
Plural:
emeralds

Origin of Emerald

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English emeraude from Old French from Medieval Latin esmeralda, esmeraldus from Latin smaragdus from Greek smaragdos Sanskrit marakatam probably of Semitic origin Akkadian barraqtu Hebrew bāreqet a kind of gemstone (probably emerald) brq in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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