Wednesday Word of the Week | February 19, 2014

Azure

a|zu¦re | azh-er

Definition

A bright blue color (originally used to describe a cloudless sky).

Sentence

After the storm, the sky became a beautiful shade of azure, as the clouds could not be seen.

Etymology

This word has evolved through multiple languages through many centuries. Originating from the Persian word lājward (lapis lazuli), it was adopted into Arabic language as al (the) and lāzaward. Then this word transformed into azolum in medieval Latin, and became azur in old French, which finally gave us azure, in the English language.

Additional Notes

This word is beautiful in its simplicity; quaint and quietly brilliant.

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