spi·​nel spə-ˈnel How to pronounce spinel (audio)
variants or spinelle
: a hard crystalline mineral consisting of an oxide of magnesium and aluminum that varies from colorless to ruby red to black and is used as a gem
: any of a group of minerals that are essentially oxides of magnesium, ferrous iron, zinc, or manganese

Examples of spinel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spring sale will include some of the finest Burmese rubies, Colombian emeralds, red spinels, and Paraiba tourmalines, according to Phillips. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2024 It is matched by a blue spinel used as the pivoting stone at the center of the tourbillon bridge. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 19 Dec. 2023 Due to its various forms, spinel has been mistaken for other gems. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 The symbolism of spinel differs depending on its color. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 Tweed Lion Gabrielle’s lucky mascot roars amongst a fiery palette of yellow gold, rubies, spinels, yellow sapphires, and spessartite garnet in the Tweed Lion suite. Sarah Royce-Greensill, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2023 August has three birthstones: peridot, spinel and sardonyx. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 24 July 2023 The latest collection, dubbed Tasaki Atelier 6, includes this Flourish Necklace, a statement piece that required 1,123 hours to craft and combines Akoya pearls with diamonds, morganite, fancy-colored sapphires, pink and Paraiba tourmalines, topaz and spinels. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 July 2023 Why shouldn't diamonds—and emeralds and sapphires and tourmalines and spinels—always inspire unbridled joy? Leena Kim, Town & Country, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Italian spinella, diminutive of spina thorn, from Latin

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spinel was in 1528

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“Spinel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinel. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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