on·yx | \ ˈä-niks \

Definition of onyx 

: a translucent chalcedony in parallel layers of different colors

Examples of onyx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

With her undeniably buoyant approach and a scene-stealing physique that offered proof of diligence, Ross looked every inch the Anderson devotee—though her bound and voluminous onyx curls were every inch her own. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Tracee Ellis Ross Has a Better Body Than Most 20 Year Olds—And This Workout is Why," 27 June 2018 Her oven backsplash was salvaged ivory-color tile and the countertops a milky onyx. Hayley Krischer, New York Times, "Leanne Ford Explores the Many Shades of White," 8 May 2018 The master bath is a dream, with onyx and 18 carat gold fixtures. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "It's Shore time: Some of the most expensive homes on the Brigantine market," 4 June 2018 Floors will be red oak, and Gehry plans to use frosted glass, felt, steel, leather, bronze, and onyx. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Architect Frank Gehry to design Art Museum restaurant," 10 July 2018 Elevator cabs clad in backlit slabs of rose and green onyx suggest medieval reliquaries. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Shape-Shifting Art Tower Completes Prada’s City Within a City," 15 June 2018 Also key to Chan’s success are his (relatively) accessible prices, which start at around $50 (for a green onyx bar bracelet) and go up to almost $10,000 for a 14-karat rose gold aquamarine diamond ring. Patti Greco, Glamour, "How Kyle Chan Became the Unofficial Jeweler to the Stars on Bravo," 28 June 2018 So when Rihanna graced the front row at today's Louis Vuitton Spring 2019 menswear show in Paris, the pop star elected to exchange routine onyx liner for a cheeky feline flick hued bright white. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Rihanna’s White Hot Eyeliner Wins Best Front Row Beauty at Louis Vuitton," 21 June 2018 The shelving is available in five colors: white, onyx, smoke, tobacco and silk. Karen Bruno, WSJ, "Homeowners Discover (Again) the Luxury of Soaking Tubs," 14 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'onyx.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about onyx

Dictionary Entries near onyx



on your mark





Statistics for onyx

Last Updated

21 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for onyx

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for onyx



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on onyx

See words that rhyme with onyx

Spanish Central: Translation of onyx

Nglish: Translation of onyx for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about onyx

Comments on onyx

What made you want to look up onyx? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characteristic trappings or dress

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!