amethyst

noun
am·​e·​thyst | \ ˈa-mə-thəst How to pronounce amethyst (audio) , -(ˌ)thist\

Definition of amethyst

1a : a clear purple or bluish-violet variety of crystallized quartz that is often used as a jeweler's stone
b : a deep purple variety of corundum
2 : a moderate purple

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Other Words from amethyst

amethystine \ ˌa-​mə-​ˈthis-​tən How to pronounce amethystine (audio) \ adjective

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Gems were once believed to have magical qualities. An amethyst, for example, was supposed to have the power to prevent or cure drunkenness in its wearer. For this reason the Greeks gave it the name amethystos, which comes from the prefix a-, meaning “not,” and methyein “to be drunk.”

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Platinum flower power necklace with cabochon paraiba tourmaline center and marquis emerald,sapphire, ruby, and amethyst petals, $2,300. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Dainty Jewelry Line Is Like A Miniature Garden You Can Wear," 23 Mar. 2015 The Debut of Major Haircuts Since Red Velvet debuted in 2014, Wendy has had long, flowing hair with bangs in a range of hues, including turquoise, platinum, crimson, and amethyst. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Red Velvet Members Share Their Biggest Skin-Care Secrets," 7 Mar. 2019 In 2015 after giving birth to her daughter Princess Charlotte, Kate received a pair of special edition green tourmaline, green amethyst, and diamond earrings designed by one of her favorite British jewelry designers, Kiki McDonough. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Citrine Ring Might Not Be a Push Present from Prince William After All," 1 Aug. 2018 Bronze toppers adorned with cubic zirconia garnets (Elson’s birthstone), amethysts, sapphires, and more that will develop an antique-like patina over time. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "What’s Your Sign? Karen Elson on Her New Birthstone Perfume Bottle Tops," 18 Jan. 2019 The accompanying lyric video, which just dropped today, finds Grimes in an appropriately futuristic, amethyst-color catsuit. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Grimes Undergoes a Futuristic Style Transformation for Her New Video," 29 Nov. 2018 Placing amethyst on a mantel, or centrally in a home, allows the crystal to cleanse as much of the space as possible. Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018 On a recent trip to India’s gem capital, Jaipur, Silvestri entered a supplier’s office to see a rainbow of rubellites, amethysts and blue topaz laid out on a table, but such receptions are increasingly uncommon as the stones become scarce. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "A Day in the Life of Bulgari’s Creative Director Lucia Silvestri," 16 Aug. 2018 Diamonds and gold are big here, but there are some beautiful emeralds, rubies, and amethysts, too. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Shops in Dubai," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of amethyst

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amethyst

Middle English amatiste, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethystos, literally, remedy against drunkenness, from a- + methyein to be drunk, from methy wine — more at mead

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amethyst

noun

English Language Learners Definition of amethyst

: a clear purple or bluish-purple stone that is used as a gem
: a medium purple color

amethyst

noun
am·​e·​thyst | \ ˈa-mə-thəst How to pronounce amethyst (audio) \

Kids Definition of amethyst

: a clear purple or bluish violet quartz used as a gem

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