topaz

noun
to·paz | \ ˈtō-ˌpaz \

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 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, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Jewelers Celebrate Royal Wedding with Limited-Edition Collections: See the Photos!," 17 May 2018 The Windsor Pearl jewelry range, available in either yellow or rose gold, is set with a shimmering freshwater pearl and adorned with white topaz. Kate Samuelson, Time, "20 of the Tastiest, Fanciest and Most Bizarre Royal Wedding Souvenirs," 14 May 2018 Morefield Gem Mine Amelia, Virginia Diggers at this mine under one hour from Richmond have found topaz, amethyst, and dozens of other varieties of gems and crystals. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Where to Find Your Own Crystals in the Wilds of the United States," 30 Mar. 2018 In contrast, Beast's castle is a riot of jewel colors — peridot, amethyst, topaz, Daigle said. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet offers a family-friendly 'Beauty and the Beast'," 9 Apr. 2018 The five-eye gold pavé diamond bangles, featuring blue topaz, retail for $40,000 a piece, while the diamond tennis bracelets featuring the evil eye are $18,500 and the solid gold bangles are $10,000. Brittany Talarico, PEOPLE.com, "Blake Lively Wears $224,000 Worth of Diamond Bracelets, Offers to Trade Her Mom for the Jewels," 19 Mar. 2018 One was a chance to hop in a kayak on Lake Louise or Maligne Lake for some private time on those blue topaz waters. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Canadian Rockies a towering visual treat by foot -- or bus (photos, video)," 18 Mar. 2018 The newest bracelets are encrusted with diamonds and blue topaz stones inset with black and white diamonds in the shape of an eye. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Usher, Blake Lively, Kim Kardashian West attend Lorraine Schwartz's star-studded West Hollywood party," 14 Mar. 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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The first known use of topaz was in the 13th century

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topaz

noun

English Language Learners Definition of topaz

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

topaz

noun
to·paz | \ ˈtō-ˌpaz \

Kids Definition of topaz

: a clear yellow crystal that is used as a gem

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