Definition of emerald noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈemərəld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemərəld//
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] a bright green precious stone an emerald ring
  2. 2 (also emerald green) [uncountable] a bright green colour More Like This Colour compounds baby blue, china-blue, cobalt blue, electric blue, ice-blue, midnight blue, navy blue, peacock blue, petrol blue, powder blue, royal blue, sky-blue blood-red, cherry red, pillar-box red, wine red bottle-green, emerald green, jade green, lime green, olive-green, pea-green, sea-green lemon yellow, primrose yellow lily-white, snow-white coal-black, jet black, pitch-black charcoal grey, iron-grey, slate-grey rose pink, salmon pink, shocking pink nut-brownSee worksheet.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French e(s)meraud, ultimately via Latin from Greek (s)maragdos, via Prakrit (an ancient Indian language) from Semitic (compare with Hebrew bāreqet̲, from bāraq ‘flash, sparkle’).

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