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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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 Drag queens dressed in evening gowns covered in sequins and rhinestone tiaras that shimmered in the sun. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 These ones aren't covered in rhinestones, like her wildly un-functional Met Gala sunnies. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Got Glasses for the First Time and They're So Freaking Cool," 20 June 2018 Another example would be Opening Ceremony x Tevas, which produced colorful creepers or Opening Ceremony x Birkenstock, which produced rhinestone encrusted Birks (wallflowers need not apply). Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 Sometimes the children's fingers bled from handling the pointy rhinestones. refinery29.com, "How Brutal Cult Leader Tony Alamo Amassed A Fortune With Bedazzled Denim Jackets," 29 June 2018 Diane dug around in a kitchen drawer and found glasses, decorated with rhinestones, given to her for target shooting. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Granite Mountain Hotshots: An untold story from the day 19 firefighters died," 23 June 2018 However, as the result of an especially boundary-pushing season, the girls got into much more than their favorite moments, leaving no rhinestone unturned. Henry Youtt, Billboard, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Reunion: Queens & Celebrities React to Explosive Episode," 22 June 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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