rhine·​stone ˈrīn-ˌstōn How to pronounce rhinestone (audio)
: an imitation stone of high luster made of glass, paste, or gem quartz
rhinestoned adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her dark blue gown was covered in ruffles with a voluminous train, thigh-high slit and rhinestone fringe. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2023 Throughout the ‘70s, Cher debuted a bevy of skimpy, rhinestone Bob Mackie ensembles on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and later on her solo show, Cher. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Pair it up with a pair of rhinestone boots by Betsey Johnson, too. Nadja Sayej, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 For live performances, the pop star has rocked everything from all-leather looks to rhinestone rodeo getups. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2023 And in this case, the rhinestone belt and bracelet accents add a glam look to this sleek, classic costume. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 The back of the thong bikini bottoms were embellished with a rhinestone double C, the French fashion house's logo. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Apr. 2023 Long, straight and the color of egg yolk, it is bisected horizontally by a giant and completely unmissable black fabric and rhinestone zipper. Mary Carole Mccauley, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2023 Try this fuchsia sequin button-down shirt or this pastel pink rhinestone denim jacket on for size. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Rhine River

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rhinestone was in 1890

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“Rhinestone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinestone. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


rhine·​stone ˈrīn-ˌstōn How to pronounce rhinestone (audio)
: a colorless imitation diamond of high luster made usually of glass or paste

named after the Rhine river in Europe, near where were found the rock crystals that were originally used as substitutes for diamonds

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