birth·​stone ˈbərth-ˌstōn How to pronounce birthstone (audio)
: a gemstone associated symbolically with the month of one's birth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With meanings of devotion, compassion, friendship and protection, January’s birthstone—garnet— is available in almost every color, from orange to green. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2023 They got engaged in August 2019 when, according to Vogue, Subban proposed at home, in front of Vonn's three dogs, presenting her an emerald ring -- her favorite color and his birthstone. Ben Morse, CNN, 30 Dec. 2020 Crafted by Indian artists, this jewelry set features a necklace, pair of earrings, and bracelet based on the wearer's birthstone. Emily Shiffer, Women's Health, 25 Jan. 2023 For a more personalized gift, opt for this Tiny Tags mini pendant necklace that can be engraved with initials or a name and the wearer's birthstone. Alex Warner, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2022 Michelle Berlinger, the owner of Berlinger Jewelry, said many couples had chosen to pair a diamond with their partner’s birthstone. Allison Duncan, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2022 Currently #1 on my wishlist is this neon green ring by Jupiter with a matching peridot stone—which just so happens to be my birthstone! Madeline Fass, Vogue, 19 Aug. 2022 Emeralds, the birthstone of May heralds in the month with meanings of hope and prosperity. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 May 2022 There's also an option that fits two names and one that includes a birthstone! Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birthstone was in 1874

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Cite this Entry

“Birthstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


birth·​stone -ˌstōn How to pronounce birthstone (audio)
: a gemstone associated with the month of one's birth

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