onyx

noun
on·​yx | \ ˈä-niks How to pronounce onyx (audio) \

Definition of onyx

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

Examples of onyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At each setting, guests’ names on black tags were tied around neutral, minimalist menus by PS Paper, all set atop stone ceramic dinner plates and onyx Heath Ceramic chargers. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Planned Their Wedding in Just 5 Months—After Two Years of Long-Distance Dating," 9 Feb. 2021 The subtle palette is visible in choices like the spectacular pink Byzantine onyx in the main bathroom, which connects to a blushing bedroom with a mauve silk carpet. Alexandra Lange, ELLE Decor, "How One Architect Kept the Cozy in a Sleek Redo on Manhattan’s Upper East Side," 5 Jan. 2021 Inspired by Gaynor, the high priestess of the discotheque, Gloria’s case and crown sport black spinels, pink and yellow sapphires, and diamonds, making a striking contrast against a dial plate of hematite, onyx and pink opal. Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 9 Dec. 2020 There are also two striking paintings in which fluid swirls are set off by black backgrounds that shine like burnished onyx. Washington Post, "In the galleries: Up to his elbows in watery works and lustrous prints," 18 Dec. 2020 The young Buccellati makes the classic Opera design all her own with a blast of vibrant enamel color in shades of red and blue, or more subtle mother-of-pearl and onyx. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "A Fourth Generation Buccellati Puts Her Spin on the Family Jewels," 18 Dec. 2020 Here, a case and crown set with sapphires and diamonds meets a dial plate with onyx, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli, and jasper. Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 9 Dec. 2020 Add visual interest to the bar space with zinc or leather-wrapped bar tops, backlit shelves, decorative ladders, or even luxury materials, like onyx, Ms. Bencich suggests. Hannah Selinger, WSJ, "Home Bars That Bring a Little Something to the Party," 3 Dec. 2020 That suite comes with a main bedroom featuring a metal canopy bed, a primary bathroom clad in gray onyx and gold marble, and windows that look out into the entire city of Madrid. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "See Inside the Four Seasons Madrid, the Spanish Capital’s Most Elegant New Hotel," 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of onyx

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for onyx

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

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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 27 Feb. 2021.

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onyx

noun

English Language Learners Definition of onyx

: a kind of stone that has straight lines of usually white and black or white and brown and that is used especially in jewelry

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