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 garnetiferous (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 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 Countess Olenska's garnets in The Age of Innocence? Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Irishman Made Me Want to Wear a Pinky Ring," 26 Nov. 2019 In this case, her vintage find gave rise to a small collection of 18-karat gold symbols suspended within gemstones like garnet and rose quartz. Isabel Wilkinson, New York Times, "The Offbeat New York Jeweler Trying Something Entirely New," 10 Feb. 2020 Wearing a garnet and gold tie, Norvell was formally welcomed as FSU’s head coach on Sunday. Mike Bianchi,, "Fiery new FSU coach Mike Norvell pledges to restore Seminoles to championship level," 7 Dec. 2019 The one-of-a-kind rings in the Winston Candy collection feature rare stones, like pink spinels and Mandarin garnets, that honor the spirit of statement 1950s cocktail rings. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Colombian emeralds are paired with rock crystal; purple sapphires and garnets surround a volcanic matrix opal; rubies play with amazonite; brilliant-cut diamonds encircle a cabochon-cut rutilated quartz. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Nitrogen is put in diamond, phosphorous in silicon, and ytterbium in yttrium-aluminum-garnet crystals. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws," 30 Nov. 2019

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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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“Garnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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