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ˌʌl trə məˈrinul·tra·ma·rine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ultramarine, ultramarine bluenoun

    blue pigment made of powdered lapis lazuli

  2. ultramarineadjective

    a vivid blue to purple-blue color

  3. ultramarineadjective

    of a brilliant pure blue to purplish blue color


  1. ultramarinenoun

    a brilliant blue pigment that is either extracted from mineral deposits or made synthetically.

  2. ultramarineadjective

    having a brilliant blue colour.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ultramarineadjective

    Being beyond the sea; foreign. Robert Ainsworth

    Etymology: ultra marinus, Lat.

  2. Ultramarinenoun

    One of the noblest blue colours used in painting, produced by calcination from the stone called lapis lazuli. Hill.

    Etymology: ultra and marinus, Latin.

    Others, notwithstanding they are brown, cease not to be soft and faint, as the blue of ultramarine. Dryden.


  1. Ultramarine

    Ultramarine is a deep blue color pigment which was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin ultramarinus, literally 'beyond the sea', because the pigment was imported into Europe from mines in Afghanistan by Italian traders during the 14th and 15th centuries.Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters. It was often used for the robes of the Virgin Mary and symbolized holiness and humility. It remained an extremely expensive pigment until a synthetic ultramarine was invented in 1826.


  1. ultramarine

    Ultramarine is a bright blue pigment that was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. The name comes from the Latin 'ultramarinus', meaning 'beyond the sea', because it was imported from Asia to Europe. Today, the term can also refer to a similar synthetic pigment, which is more commonly used due to its consistency and lower cost. It can be used in various forms of art including painting and pottery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ultramarineadjective

    situated or being beyond the sea

  2. Ultramarinenoun

    a blue pigment formerly obtained by powdering lapis lazuli, but now produced in large quantities by fusing together silica, alumina, soda, and sulphur, thus forming a glass, colored blue by the sodium polysulphides made in the fusion. Also used adjectively


  1. Ultramarine

    Ultramarine is a blue pigment consisting primarily of a zeolite-based mineral containing small amounts of polysulfides. It occurs in nature as a proximate component of lapis lazuli. The pigment color code is P. Blue 29 77007. Ultramarine is the most complex of the mineral pigments, a complex sulfur-containing sodio-silicate containing a blue cubic mineral called lazurite. Some chloride is often present in the crystal lattice as well. The blue color of the pigment is due to the S3− radical anion, which contains an unpaired electron.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ultramarine

    ul-tra-ma-rēn′, adj. situated beyond the sea.—n. the most beautiful and durable sky-blue colour, so called either from its intense blue, or from the lapis lazuli, from which it is made, being brought from Asia, beyond the sea.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Ultramarine

    Another name for “Saunders Blue,” introduced to England from beyond the sea.


  1. Ultramarine

    an intense deep blue [cobalt blue].

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultramarine in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ultramarine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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