topaz

noun
to·​paz | \ ˈtō-ˌpaz How to pronounce topaz (audio) \

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)

Examples of topaz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bourbon is a dusty topaz color and has an aroma of white floral, Magnolia and citrus, spiced with vanilla, buttery leather and cocoa powder. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, "Here's when Old Forester's 20th Birthday Bourbon will be released," 24 June 2020 This new necklace features three exquisite imperial topazes from Brazil, including a dangling 11-carat pear-cut bicolor stone with an ombré effect that shifts from fuchsia to Tuscan yellow. Nancy Hass, New York Times, "An Exquisite Necklace That Recalls an Art-Deco Pioneer," 16 Mar. 2020 This necklace — in pink gold with seven lozenge-size oval stones of more than 14 carats each, including topaz, rubellite, morganite and three colors of quartz — recalls those untamed days: a cascade of Technicolor glamour and endless light. New York Times, "A Tokyo Itinerary, Over-the-Top Hats and More," 13 Sep. 2019 But on mild summer days, the surface of the ice begins to melt, draining into depressions and forming topaz blue lakes. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "How Antarctica is melting from above and below," 9 Oct. 2019 The royal even accessorized her look with blue topaz and diamond drop earrings by Kiki McDonough. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "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

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Topaz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topaz. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for topaz

topaz

noun
How to pronounce topaz (audio)

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 How to pronounce topaz (audio) \

Kids Definition of topaz

: a clear yellow crystal that is used as a gem

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