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-​ˈthi-​stən 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.”

Examples of amethyst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dynasty Electrik’s tranquil crystal sound bath on Friday evenings is a sonic, restorative journey past amethyst, citrine geodes and crystal quartz clusters led by gem gallery owners Seth Misterka and Jenny Deveau. oregonlive, "Mother’s Day gift ideas for a calm mom: Yoga, CBD oils, soothing sounds," 26 Apr. 2020 Welch and Uzyel also gifted her a purple amethyst crystal, known to promote healing, to keep in her bedroom. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, ""Murder House Flip" Remodels This Home Where a Child Star and Her Mother Were Murdered in the '80s," 22 Apr. 2020 Her earrings are a rewear, Kiki McDonough green amethyst and diamond earrings, as is her fascinator from Lock & Co. Here's a closeup of the shoes in the pretty sunlight: Pool/Samir HusseinGetty Images So gorgeous. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Green Emmy Shoes From Her Sandringham Walk Are Shoppable," 26 Dec. 2019 There are 88 gems in total in what is officially known as the Devonshire Parure, including carnelian, amethyst, garnets, emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Tiara Designed for a Romanov Coronation Goes on Display," 8 July 2019 And making the case for vivid jewel tones were Charli XCX, Paloma Elsesser, and Laverne Cox, their lids generously layered in magenta, amethyst, and azure, respectively. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Camp Beauty Trends at the Met Gala, From Neon Gazes to Ceiling-Bound Hair," 7 May 2019 Made of amethyst, bone, faience, glass, turquoise, and umber, and including phallic amulets, scarabs, a woman, a dancing satyr, and a head of Dionysus, they are thought to be the treasure box of a sorceress. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 28 Oct. 2019 Its 9,500 square feet of marble and semiprecious stone surfaces, including amethyst on the walls and Siena yellow marble around the indoor pool, hold antique columns and statues and an art collection that includes a Klimt. Wendy Perrin, Town & Country, "18 Jaw-Dropping Private Villas You Can Rent Around the World," 17 Oct. 2019 The opportunity drawing featured 28 items worth $26,727 — plus a Jacqui Grande amethyst and diamond necklace valued at $18,300. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fun, food, fashion, philanthropy," 25 Sep. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amethyst. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for amethyst

amethyst

noun
How to pronounce amethyst (audio)

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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