Definition of agate
1 : a fine-grained variegated chalcedony having its colors arranged in stripes, blended in clouds, or showing mosslike forms
2 : something made of or fitted with agate: such asa : a drawplate used by gold-wire drawersb : a playing marble of agate
3a : a size of type approximately 51⁄2 pointb : condensed information (such as advertisements or box scores) set especially in agate type
Recent Examples of agate from the Web
An early mention of Bagwell, Oct. 12, 1982, was in tiny agate type.
Bracelets: Purple agate bangles, $68 each, Diadem Jewelry.
In September, she was rewarded with a gold-and-agate necklace that the archaeologists had spent four months trying to liberate from the earth.
Black agate and diamond earrings in pink 18k gold, $7,380.
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Origin and Etymology of agate
Middle French, from Latin achates, from Greek achatēs
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
AGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of agate for English Language Learners
: a very hard stone used especially in jewelry that has colors arranged in stripes or in patches
AGATE Defined for Kids
Definition of agate for Students
: a mineral that is a form of quartz with colors arranged in stripes or patches and that is used especially in jewelry
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