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



    BrE BrE//dʒeɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒeɪd//
    [uncountable] Jewellery
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  1. 1 a hard stone that is usually green and is used in making jewellery and decorative objects a jade necklace See related entries: Jewellery
  2. 2objects made of jade a collection of Chinese jade
  3. 3 (also jade green) 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.
  4. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French le jade (earlier l'ejade), from Spanish piedra de ijada ‘stone of the flank’ (i.e. stone for colic, which it was believed to cure).
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