diamond

noun, often attributive
di·​a·​mond | \ ˈdī-(ə-)mənd How to pronounce diamond (audio) \

Definition of diamond

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : native crystalline carbon that is the hardest known mineral, that is usually nearly colorless, that when transparent and free from flaws is highly valued as a precious stone, and that is used industrially especially as an abrasive also : a piece of this substance
b : crystallized carbon produced artificially
2 : something that resembles a diamond (as in brilliance, value, or fine quality)
3 : a square or rhombus-shaped figure usually oriented with the long diagonal vertical
4a : a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red diamond
b diamonds plural in form but singular or plural in construction : the suit comprising cards marked with diamonds
5 : a baseball infield also : the entire playing field

diamond

verb
diamonded; diamonding; diamonds

Definition of diamond (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to adorn with or as if with diamonds

diamond

adjective

Definition of diamond (Entry 3 of 4)

: of, relating to, or being a 60th or 75th anniversary or its celebration diamond jubilee

Diamond

biographical name
Di·​a·​mond | \ ˈdī-(ə-)mənd How to pronounce Diamond (audio) \

Definition of Diamond (Entry 4 of 4)

Peter A(rthur) 1940–     American economist

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Did You Know?

The largest uncut diamond ever found on earth was the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond. It was mined in South Africa in 1905 and cut to form the 530-carat “Star of Africa,” which is now part of the British Crown Jewels. But that is nothing compared with the biggest in the known universe. In 2004 American astronomers discovered a diamond 2,500 miles (4,000 km) wide, weighing 10 billion trillion trillion carats, at the heart of a white dwarf star eight light years away in the constellation Centaurus. The star is unofficially known as Lucy, after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Examples of diamond in a Sentence

Noun

a necklace studded with diamonds and rubies The ruby was surrounded by a ring of diamond. The children cut the fabric into diamonds. one heart, two diamonds, and two clubs He played the queen of diamonds.

Adjective

the celebration of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dear Miss Manners: When our daughter was born, seven years ago, my father-in-law gifted her with his mother's lovely diamond engagement ring. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Even sporks need proper placement," 10 July 2019 The notoriously private couple, who were rumoured to be engaged after Irina was spotted wearing a diamond ring in 2016, rarely discussed each other in public. Mekita Rivas, refinery29.com, "Irina Shayk's First Post-Breakup Look Is The Ultimate Power Move," 8 June 2019 Costco’s website lists several diamond rings that cost more than $100,000, and Prada handbags that sell for nearly $2,000. Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg.com, "Someone Bought a $400,000 Diamond Ring at Costco," 30 May 2019 July 2016 Kylie once even paired a diamond ring with silky pjs. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Every Time Kylie Jenner Sparked Engagement Rumors With Diamond Rings," 6 Jan. 2019 Her diamond ring and other valuable jewelry were still on her body when she was found. NBC News, "Son remains hopeful mother Velma Peregory's 32-year-old murder will be solved," 21 June 2019 Forrest Fenn is a New Mexico man who left behind a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds and diamonds in the Rocky Mountains in 2010. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "2 people have died hunting for treasure in the Rocky Mountains. A sheriff warns searchers to respect the land," 20 June 2019 Pratt wrote on Instagram after giving her a bling-y diamond ring. Washington Post, "Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger married in a California ceremony, per reports," 9 June 2019 The Rangers, dressed in a mix of World War II-era uniforms--complete with the blue and yellow diamond-shaped Ranger insignia--and modern camouflage scaled the cliffs together. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch U.S. Army Rangers Scale The Same Cliff Their Forebears Did on D-Day," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead, they were drawn to the idea that diamonds represent authenticity. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "A Diamond Giant Plays Up Its Russian Ties to Appeal to Americans," 11 July 2018 The Del Paso Youth Baseball league has not used the Johnston Park diamonds in two years, according to a staff report. Anita Chabria, sacbee, "Sacramento homeless: Tent city proposed for Johnston Park in north Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 24 Apr. 2017 They are accused of burglarizing Tustin Village Jewelers, Diamonds Direct in Laguna Hills, Nick’s Jewelry and Watch Craft in Fullerton and Mimi’s Jewelry and Ballard and Ballard Jewelry in Fountain Valley. Orange County Register, "Man gets 2 years for 5 Orange County jewelry store burglaries," 20 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Diamond experts say the gem could be the 10th-largest ever discovered and initially pegged its value at $50 million. Alpha Kamara, USA TODAY, "Sierra Leone mystery: What is whopping 709-carat diamond worth?," 4 July 2017 Diamond’s facility in the county is Pump Station #1 in San Diego, where large-scale waterfalls help dilute the wastewater entering the treatment plant. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Marcos company admits illegally dumping wastewater from portable toilets," 3 June 2017

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First Known Use of diamond

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1751, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diamond

Noun

Middle English diamaunde, from Middle French diamand, from Late Latin diamant-, diamas, alteration of Latin adamant-, adamas hardest metal, diamond, from Greek

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The first known use of diamond was in the 14th century

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diamond

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diamond

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a very hard usually colorless stone that is a form of carbon and is used especially in jewelry
: a shape that is formed by four equal straight lines and that has two opposite angles that are smaller than a right angle and two opposite angles that are larger than a right angle
: a playing card that is marked with a red diamond shape

diamond

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of diamond (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the 60th or 75th anniversary of an important event (such as a marriage)

diamond

noun
di·​a·​mond | \ ˈdī-ə-mənd How to pronounce diamond (audio) , ˈdī-mənd\

Kids Definition of diamond

1 : a very hard mineral that is a form of carbon, is usually nearly colorless, and is used especially in jewelry
2 : a flat figure ◊ like one of the surfaces of certain cut diamonds

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