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

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There were other fun and colorful ditzy floral prints while cascading floral rhinestone designs were also added here and there. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Collina Strada's NYFW 2019 Runway Show Was All About Saving The Earth," 9 Sep. 2019 The buttons are art, painted with scenes of history and fables, engraved with ornate designs and decorated with glass, rhinestones or just about anything else. oregonlive.com, "Hardcore button collectors see beauty, history in the fashion essential," 1 Aug. 2019 Take a tour to see the King of Bling’s hall of mirrors, countless crystal chandeliers, gold pianos and Rolls-Royces studded with rhinestones. Los Angeles Times, "Getting to know famous people through their (now historic) houses," 17 Sep. 2019 In the evening gown strut, Dillon dazzled with cascading blonde hair against a black gown with a high slit that was coutured with rhinestones. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Friendswood contestant shines at Miss Texas pageant," 6 Sep. 2019 Her floor-clacking sandals came with an extra dose of Y2K glamour, encrusted with glittering rhinestones. Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Makes the Case for the Toe Ring," 14 June 2019 Last month, the Kylie Cosmetics founder posted a photo teasing one of her new Kylie Skin products, and her nails boasted the same exact design — rhinestones and all. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Wore Butterfly Nails for the Second Time This Summer," 16 Aug. 2019 The show’s characters embrace a maximalist approach born of new money: No rhinestone is too big, no jumpsuit too tight, and no shorts ever quite short enough. Cate Young, Vox, "Claws is a love letter to the proud, strip mall–fabulous American woman," 2 Aug. 2019 But the origin story for the presence of rhinestones in Thomas’s work is also tied to economic factors. Anne Showalter, Smithsonian, "The Fierce Pride and Passion of Rhinestone Fashion," 9 Aug. 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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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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