gar·​net | \ ˈgär-nət How to pronounce garnet (audio) \

Definition of garnet

1 : a brittle and more or less transparent usually red silicate mineral that has a vitreous luster, occurs mainly in crystals but also in massive form and in grains, is found commonly in gneiss and mica schist, and is used as a semiprecious stone and as an abrasive
2 : a variable color averaging a dark red

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garnetiferous \ ˌgär-​nə-​ˈti-​f(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce garnet (audio) \ adjective

The "Seedy" Origins of Garnet

The deep-red color of this gemstone reminded the French of a red-skinned fruit. In early French the fruit was called pomme grenate, which means “seedy apple.” This later became pomegranate in English. The early French word grenate, meaning “seedy,” is the source of the adjective grenat, meaning “red like a pomegranate.” This word was then used as a noun to refer to the deep-red gemstone. When borrowed into English, grenat became garnet.

Examples of garnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Coming up big when someone in garnet and gold needed to come up big, Polite was politely forgotten about at a key moment. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Anthony Polite opens up for Florida State in not-sot-polite trouncing of Colorado," 23 Mar. 2021 Not to be outdone were her baubles by Bulgari: pink gold drop earrings with pavé diamonds and amethyst, rubellite, and garnet beads; and four pink gold and diamond rings. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Zendaya Stuns in Valentino at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards," 8 Mar. 2021 For Hill, that meant covering his mouth and nose with a garnet and gold mask from Florida State. Chris Dabe,, "A sign of the times: Karr's Destyn Hill reveals Florida State football choice on face mask," 3 Feb. 2021 Reviewers rave over this one with its subtle balloon sleeves, mock turtleneck and pretty color options, which include ocean blue, dark gray, garnet and white. Cnn Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best Nordstrom sales this Cyber Monday," 30 Nov. 2020 Seth Williams' shadow was wearing a garnet No. 1 jersey on Saturday. Tom Green |, al, "South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn gets best of Seth Williams, Auburn," 17 Oct. 2020 Brick red or garnet have earthy undertones that are grounding and conjure feelings of stability. Washington Post, "Pandemic and other 2020 angst getting you down? There’s a color for that.," 17 Sep. 2020 Solids are memorable The case for ions in crystal, like ytterbium in yttrium-aluminum-garnet, is a bit different. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws," 30 Nov. 2019 The sea of Texas Tech fans in garnet and black watched on in silence as the Longhorns held a 66-58 lead –– the biggest lead of the game at the time –– with only 50.5 seconds left. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas’ late-season push continues with 68-58 win over No. 22 Texas Tech," 29 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of garnet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for garnet

Middle English gernet, garnet, granat, borrowed from Anglo-French gernete, grenat, noun derivative of grenat "ruby-colored, red," probably after pome garnate pomegranate, with garnate taken to mean "red"

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

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4 Apr 2021

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“Garnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of garnet

: a dark red stone that is used in jewelry
: a dark red color


gar·​net | \ ˈgär-nət How to pronounce garnet (audio) \

Kids Definition of garnet

: a deep red mineral used as a gem

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