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Definition: blue, dark blue, blue-green

Pronunciation: se-RU-le-an


First used in the 1660’s, cerulean derives from the Latin caeruleus baring the same vague definition- blue, dark blue or blue-green. The earlier origin is not clear, but the assumption is that cerulean was dissimilated from the Latin caelum meaning heavens or sky.

Why this word?

If you happen to be a Roman poetry fan, you probably met this word. Cerulean starred in many ancient poems, but is seems to have represented a different notion each time- once it is found to represent the sky, in another occasion- the Mediterranean sea but it was also found as a representation of fields and leaves. The only thing we can really say about this word is that is comfortably floats on the colors’ scale, somewhere between the darkest blue and the green.

How to use the word oenophile in a sentence?

Next time you’re looking at something that is not necessarily green, and not surely blue- just use cerulean. And if you’re just looking at the sky, or at your salad and would like to impress whoever is with you- use cerulean.

“My cerulean salad is so appetizing!”

“Your eyes are as cerulean as the sky!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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