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 amethyst (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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Recent Examples on the Web Dear Miss Manners: For my 16th birthday, my grandmother had a very large amethyst made into a custom ring for me. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Celebrity comparison rankles," 9 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, the amethyst examples are somewhat more common and less valuable — but that value is still significant according to our working definition. Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson, Star Tribune, "Grandma's attic yields carnival glass treasure," 23 Mar. 2021 Handmade with real amethyst and fluorite crystals, this planter is bound to be a conversation piece when displayed in your home. Sarah Vincelette, USA TODAY, "11 hidden gems you can find on Etsy under $50," 4 Mar. 2021 For the historic occasion, the Vice President chose an amethyst-hued look from 2020 CFDA American Emerging Designer of the Year, Christopher John Rogers. Irina Grechko,, "Kamala Harris Wore Purple & Pearls Today — Here’s Why That Matters," 20 Jan. 2021 The main salon is furnished with a vintage sofa shaped like lips, a pair of Milo Baughman swivel chairs in a Fabricut velvet, and amethyst side tables by Matthew Studios. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sasha Bikoff Designs a Jewel Box Salon for Alison Lou," 17 Dec. 2020 Case in point: Asprey's use of amethyst in their Chaos collection. The Editors, Town & Country, "The Town and Country Reader's Choice Jewelry and Watch Awards 2020," 19 Oct. 2020 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

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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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The first known use of amethyst was in the 13th century

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14 Apr 2021

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“Amethyst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of amethyst

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


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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