garnet

noun
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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Other Words from garnet

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.

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Her Rachmaninov bracelet, shown here, features diamonds, sapphires, tourmalines, garnets, tsavorites, spinel, and ruby in some 20 iterations—for a total of 1,361 stones in all. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 Two ornamental copper discs inlaid with garnets rivetted the yoke to the arm. Roff Smith, National Geographic, "New research questions famed burial of ‘first’ Christian Anglo-Saxon king," 8 May 2019 Composed of gold, rubies, garnets, and pearls, with teeth made of white enamel and special attention accorded the animal’s ears and eyebrows, this piece of jewelry demands a look. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Pure Portraitist," 9 May 2019 Inseong, in particular, went from garnet to golden blonde. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Interview: K-Pop Group SF9 Shares Their Skin-Care Secrets & Biggest Confidence Boosters," 18 Mar. 2019 For a dinner party, arrange garnet roses in champagne goblets (use chicken wire), and place one goblet at each setting. Maggie O'neill, Good Housekeeping, "25 Practical Tips for Flower Arrangements From 1952," 7 May 2015 This time against denim and fishnets, Poiret’s acid ruby mouth managed to punch up model Remington William’s garnet hair and matching fuzzy shawl for a triple color play that worked. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 The delicate frame of leafy gold tendrils and tiny stylized grape clusters is set with sapphires and green garnets whose colors echo the opals’ shimmering blues and greens, and whose sparkling facets contrast with the smooth opal surfaces. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 The Calligraphie Florale cuff is striking both for its composition in white gold, white and brownish diamonds, pink sapphires, black spinets, and tsavorite garnets as for its handling of negative space. Vogue, "Chanel’s Wearable Coromandels: A First Look at the House’s New High Jewelry Collection," 28 June 2018

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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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garnet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of garnet

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

garnet

noun
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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