rhine·​stone | \ ˈrīn-ˌstōn \

Definition of rhinestone

: an imitation stone of high luster made of glass, paste, or gem quartz

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rhinestoned \ ˈrīn-​ˌstōnd \ adjective

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Using a special needle similar to a crochet hook, these masters meticulously attach each rhinestone, sequin, and appliqué with the precision of Georges Seurat. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Haute Couture Details That Go Into Pronovias Wedding Gowns," 10 Oct. 2018 The Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120 is covered in Swarovski crystals, and comes with a silver Diamond Ball Out Highlighter compact — which is also decked out in rhinestones. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Launched Limited-Edition Swarovski Crystal-Coated Makeup Brushes," 27 Nov. 2018 One season brought punk eyebrows faux-pierced with a dozen rings; another saw rhinestones stand in for eyeliner. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Rodarte's Laura and Kate Mulleavy Talk Gender in Fashion, Floral Infatuations, and Their Dream Beauty Project," 14 Nov. 2018 And nowhere is that more evident than in its marquee annual fashion show, which since 1995 has existed as a stagnant display of uber-thin and mostly white models clad in millions of dollars of rhinestones. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "The stubborn irrelevance of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show," 8 Nov. 2018 By splattering on pattern, or adding details like rhinestones or ribbons, the brand injects wit into the world of fuddy-duddy knitwear. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "This Exuberant Cardigan Is the Ideal Antidote to Office Air Conditioning," 16 Aug. 2018 For a hint of jewel, try a slinky heeled sandal with the straps dotted in rhinestones. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Sexiest Summer Shoes Are Covered in Bling," 6 July 2018 His shock of white hair burst out in tufts from a black skullcap adorned with rhinestones and sequins from every hue of a neon-colored rainbow, his protruding belly covered by a mustard-yellow tunic. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018 Meanwhile, Alexa loves crafting — and bedazzling in particular, including adding rhinestones to some of her practice outfits. Leanna Commins, Cosmopolitan, "12 Things to Know About Alexa and Chris Knierim, Team USA's Pair Skaters On and Off The Ice," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rhinestone

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rhinestone

Rhine River

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The first known use of rhinestone was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of rhinestone

: a small stone that is made to look like a diamond and that is used in jewelry or for decoration


rhine·​stone | \ ˈrīn-ˌstōn \

Kids Definition of rhinestone

: a small imitation gem used in jewelry or for decoration

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