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Definition of topaz

1a : a mineral that is essentially a silicate of aluminum and usually occurs in orthorhombic translucent or transparent crystals or in white translucent masses
b : a usually yellow to brownish-yellow transparent mineral topaz used as a gem
c : a yellow sapphire
d : a yellow quartz
2 : either of two large brilliantly colored South American hummingbirds (Topaza pella and T. pyra)

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The royal even accessorized her look with blue topaz and diamond drop earrings by Kiki McDonough. Stephanie Petit,, "How Kate Middleton Got Out of Her 'Style Rut': The Royal Mom 'Thought She Needed a Little Edge'," 8 July 2019 While primping for the award show, the Westworld star displayed her voluminous, diffused curls defining her face, dramatic smokey topaz eyeshadow with a wink, while her makeup artist applied a soft pink lipstick with a lip brush. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 The baguette-style ring comes in nine different colorways: green, light blue, peach, topaz, pastel, iridescent, multi, primary rainbow, and rainbow. Glamour, "Julia Roberts Wore $44 Baublebar Rings With a Custom Salvatore Ferragamo Suit," 12 Apr. 2019 Miley quickly shuts down the rumors, saying the ring is topaz, not diamond. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Relationship," 27 Dec. 2018 According to Meghan's Mirror, a fan site dedicated to chronicling the Duchess's style, Meghan accessorized the dress with Stuart Weitzman Legend pumps, Birks blue topaz earrings, and a Birks white-gold flex bracelet. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's $1,850 Roksanda Dress Is Already Sold Out," 19 Oct. 2018 On a recent trip to India’s gem capital, Jaipur, Silvestri entered a supplier’s office to see a rainbow of rubellites, amethysts and blue topaz laid out on a table, but such receptions are increasingly uncommon as the stones become scarce. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "A Day in the Life of Bulgari’s Creative Director Lucia Silvestri," 16 Aug. 2018 The bra, which costs $2 million, is covered in precious stones like handset diamonds, yellow sapphires, blue topaz, and 18 karat gold. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 2017 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: What You Need to Know," 15 Nov. 2017 Starting from $340, the escallop shell design was inspired by Prince Harry’s coat of arms and features a freshwater pearl adorned with white topaz. Monique Jessen,, "Royal Jewelers Celebrate Royal Wedding with Limited-Edition Collections: See the Photos!," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of topaz

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for topaz

Middle English topace, from Anglo-French, from Latin topazus, from Greek topazos

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English Language Learners Definition of topaz

: a clear yellow to brownish-yellow stone that is used as a jewel


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Kids Definition of topaz

: a clear yellow crystal that is used as a gem

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