jade

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1jade

noun \ˈjād\

Definition of JADE

1
:  a broken-down, vicious, or worthless horse
2
a :  a disreputable woman
b :  a flirtatious girl

Origin of JADE

Middle English
First Known Use: 14th century

2jade

verb
jad·edjad·ing

Definition of JADE

transitive verb
1
a :  to wear out by overwork or abuse
b :  to tire or dull through repetition or excess
2
obsolete :  to make ridiculous
intransitive verb
:  to become weary or dulled

Examples of JADE

  1. <a steady diet of nothing but lobster would jade the palate of even the most ardent lobster lover>

First Known Use of JADE

1524

3jade

noun

Definition of JADE

1
:  either of two tough compact typically green gemstones that take a high polish:
a :  jadeite
b :  nephrite
2
:  a sculpture or artifact of jade
3

Origin of JADE

French, from obsolete Spanish (piedra de la) ijada, literally, loin stone, ultimately from Latin ilia, plural, flanks; from the belief that jade cures renal colic
First Known Use: circa 1741

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

jade

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dragon among clouds, carved jade medallion or button, Ch'ing dynasty, probably late 18th century …—Courtesy of the board of trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Wells Legacy

Either of two tough, compact, typically green gemstones that take a high polish. Both have been carved into jewelry, ornaments, small sculptures, and utilitarian objects from earliest recorded times. The more highly prized of the two jadestones is jadeite; the other is nephrite. Both types may be white or colourless, but colours such as red, green, and gray may occur.

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