Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia.
Related to balas: Balsas


A rose-red to orange spinel used as a semiprecious gem, once confused with the ruby.

[Middle English, from Old French balais and from Old Spanish balax; both akin to Medieval Latin balascus, from Arabic balaḫš, from Persian Badakhshān, a region of northeast Afghanistan.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˈbæləs; ˈbeɪ-) or

balas ruby

(Jewellery) a red variety of spinel, used as a gemstone
[C15: from Old French balais, from Arabic bālakhsh, from Badhakhshān, region in Afghanistan where the gem is found]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈbæl əs, ˈbeɪ ləs)

a rose-red variety of spinel.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Medieval Latin balas(c)ius < Arabic balakhsh, back formation from Persian Badakhshān district near Samarkand, where gem is found]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.balas - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinelbalas - a pale rose-colored variety of the ruby spinel
ruby spinel, spinel ruby - a spinel used as a gemstone (usually dark red)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
And yet his work stands out from the ruck of the contemporary versifiers as a balas ruby among carrots.
Richard II had a coat, valued at thirty thousand marks, which was covered with balas rubies.
Clinical care centre The ALS Association reported on Thursday the appointment of Calaneet Balas as its president and CEO under an orderly transition plan.