on·​yx ˈä-niks How to pronounce onyx (audio)
: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

Examples of onyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The primary bedroom, overlooking the ocean, encompasses an entry vestibule, a spacious bedroom, ample closet space, and an immaculate bathroom lined in onyx and marble. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 1 Apr. 2024 Ordering them in onyx (black) would likely solve this problem. Jessica MacDonald, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 The Flowers singer, who is nominated for six awards, played up her gold goddess look with swipes of bronzer and a single curl that further accentuated her onyx cat eyes and fluffy brows. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 Three months later, his business manager, George Ullman, put Valentino’s possessions up for public sale—not only his speedboat, his onyx pocket watch, and his black velvet riding habit but also his spats and silk underwear and a hundred and forty-six pairs of his socks. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 Another particularly interesting sale on the evening was the Cartier onyx and diamond ring gifted to Mercury by Elton John. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 8 Sep. 2023 The apartment has a view of the city’s skyline, with a personal gym, massage room and a bathroom clad in onyx. Adam Reiss, NBC News, 12 Feb. 2024 The mass production of terrazzo started in the 1500’s, initiated by construction workers and architects in Europe as a way to repurpose the off cuts of marble and onyx used for paving the government buildings, churches and homes of Italian nobility. Grace Banks, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The chic look was paired with Fred Leighton onyx and diamond pendant platinum earrings, a platinum twin old European cut diamond ring and a platinum oval rose cut diamond ring. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Middle English oniche, onyx, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin onych-, onyx, from Greek, literally, claw, nail — more at nail

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of onyx was in the 14th century

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“Onyx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/onyx. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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on·​yx ˈän-iks How to pronounce onyx (audio)
: chalcedony in parallel layers of different color

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