rhine·​stone | \ ˈrīn-ˌstōn How to pronounce rhinestone (audio) \

Definition of rhinestone

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

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Other Words from rhinestone

rhinestoned \ ˈrīn-​ˌstōnd How to pronounce rhinestoned (audio) \ adjective

Examples of rhinestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family operation at the home in Santa Clarita shifted from rhinestones to baking soda and got to work producing what would become Kush Queen’s signature product. Molly Creeden, Los Angeles Times, "Will Olivia Alexander become the queen of CBD?," 3 Oct. 2019 Gomez arrived at the radio show in a black slip dress and black duster jacket embellished with rhinestones and feathers. Halie Lesavag, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Wore Two Chic Winter Outfits to Promote ‘Rare’," 15 Dec. 2019 For nearly three hours — three hours! — the king of rhinestones and glitter held more than 16,000 fans in thrall as the Rocketman soared through more than 50 years’ worth of music crafted with his songwriting partner, lyricist Bernie Taupin. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Elton John’s second farewell tour stop in Cleveland shows why he’s still standing after all these years," 12 Nov. 2019 The line continues to carry a ’70s aesthetic — bright colors, tie-dye, denim and rhinestones, and is an examination of unisex streetwear, with spacious silhouettes, nods to athleisure, and graphic T-shirts. Tara C. Mahadevan, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago designer Letesha Renee’s Eugene Taylor Brand celebrates unisex, genderless clothes," 5 Dec. 2019 Soft purple petals rained down on the reality TV star, who wore a purple gown with sparkling rhinestones at the top, matching Bersten's soft purple jacket and slacks. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'Dancing With the Stars': Tom Bergeron cracks up and more moments you didn't see on TV," 26 Nov. 2019 Think: sparkly metallics, waist bows that cascaded to the ground, rhinestone, splashes of colorful makeup on some of the models faces, and conceptual jewelry pieces. Teen Vogue, "Christopher John Rogers' NYFW Runway Debut Got a Standing Ovation," 8 Sep. 2019 Dancers were bedecked in rhinestone headpieces and elegant white gowns with male dancers appearing in black tie and tails. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Night of dancing a la ‘Great Gatsby,’ fox trot and salsa benefits Giordano jazz outreach, Chicago public schools," 9 Oct. 2019 Two giant babies dance down a pink carpet past a three-breasted man and drag queens covered in rhinestones. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "As ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Expands to the U.K., DragCon Shines Light on Its Mainstream Success," 24 Sep. 2019

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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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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rhinestone.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinestone. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce rhinestone (audio) \

Kids Definition of rhinestone

: a small imitation gem used in jewelry or for decoration

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