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

Other Words from rhinestone

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

Examples of rhinestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pieces range from a Christian Dior strapless lace wedding gown and an Atelier Versace skirt suit with rhinestone buttons (both 1990s) to an embellished 1960s Malcolm Starr shift dress. Ingrid Schmidt, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 With a rhinestone bar, ornate wallpaper for days, and the funkiest bathrooms (in which you may be tempted to do a little jig), the whole vibe is as bright and memorable as the food. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 30 Dec. 2021 Feather trim and rhinestone detailing amount to the ultimate in merry. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2021 For authentic art, the city’s Ur-object defining a sense of possibility and wonder was the world’s biggest rhinestone, proudly displayed at the Liberace Museum. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2021 Other unique gifts like Collina Strada’s rhinestone water bottle, Dorsey’s sparkling necklace, or a marble catch-all from Claude Home are equally dazzling. Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 Kravitz’s slinky look left little to the imagination and came with none other than a matching rhinestone thong. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2021 Thomas’s show consisted of large-scale paintings that incorporated collage, as well as her signature rhinestone detailing. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 In Tennessee, Son switched gears working for a Western tailor (and adding rhinestone-setting to her resume) before striking out on her own as a bespoke specialist. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 6 Oct. 2021

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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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9 Jan 2022

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“Rhinestone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhinestone. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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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