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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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 In his first Twitter post since revealing the news of Beth's hospitalization, Duane shared a close-up photo of her right hand, adorned in medical wristbands and an IV but meticulously manicured with rhinestones and fake nails. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Dog the Bounty Hunter' star Duane Chapman offers fans an update amid wife Beth's medically-induced coma," 24 June 2019 Bedazzle the head piece with all the rhinestones your heart desires to get that iconic queen-of-the-jungle bling. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "These 'Masked Singer' Halloween Costumes Are the Biggest Mic Drop of All Time," 21 June 2019 The singer also wore rhinestones and shimmery pink eyeshadow on her eyes for a standout final touch. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Wore Rhinestones on Her Eyes for Her Latest Red Carpet Appearance," 18 Mar. 2019 Hers were covered in high-shine crystals and rhinestones, and sporadically placed at the crown, decorating her signature high ponytail. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Knows the Power of a Good Hair Accessory," 17 Mar. 2019 Just give the woman a bottle of glue plus some sequins, rhinestones, and feathers and there’s no stopping her. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 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 How to pronounce rhinestone (audio) \

Kids Definition of rhinestone

: a small imitation gem used in jewelry or for decoration

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