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 Salem Mitchell didn’t hold back either with twinkling eyes and dagger-sharp onyx winged liner, courtesy of makeup artist Samuel Paul. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Camila Costa, Lizzo, and More," 6 Oct. 2019 The socks come in six versatile colors, like waterfall (denim blue), flamingo (salmon pink), and onyx (dark gray). Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Allbirds "Trino" Socks Are the Perfect Accessory to the Brand's Iconic Sneakers," 13 Aug. 2019 The chef’s kitchen features a huge center island made of onyx and high-end appliances. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, "It's Shore time: Some of the most expensive homes on the Brigantine market," 4 June 2018 An elegant onyx wardrobe is nothing new for Jolie, a red-carpet vet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Looked Chic as Ever in All Black at Disneyland with Her Kids," 26 Aug. 2019 The small wooden dance floor is scuffed dark and shiny as if it were carved from black onyx. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 While the moon won’t be much more than an onyx orb tonight, there is a literal bright side. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Black Moon tonight: What it is, best times, places to see," 31 July 2019 Schwartz re-set the earrings for Meghan and added removable onyx jackets. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Made an Elegant Update to Her Go-To Earrings," 16 July 2019 Indoor amenities include a movie theater, a game room, an onyx wet bar and a wellness center. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Top Sales: Bel-Air estate of daytime soap great pulls in $31 million," 12 July 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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

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onyx

noun
How to pronounce onyx (audio)

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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