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
garnetiferousplay \ˌgär-nə-ˈti-f(ə-)rəs\ adjective
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of garnet
Middle English gernet, from Anglo-French gernete, from gernet dark red, from pume gernete pomegranate
First Known Use: 14th century
GARNET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of garnet for English Language Learners
: a dark red stone that is used in jewelry
: a dark red color
GARNET Defined for Kids
Definition of garnet for Students
: a deep red mineral used as a gem
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