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 Chakra Bar Ear Studs in 18K White Gold with princess cut Tanzanite and Swiss blue cabochon cut topaz and white diamonds. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Chroma Illusion Swivel Ring with four baguettes of blue topaz, amethyst, citrine, and pink sapphire, all in 14K gold. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The stainless steel Deco Sport watch features a sunray dial with white semi-precious topaz indexes, signature red crown and a white sheen-finished quilted leather strap for an altogether chic and sporty look. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 Bring on the ritz and glitz with a sparkling pair of blue topaz hoops like these from Mateo. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2021 However, her casual winter ensemble was punctuated by her hair accessory of choice: a golden topaz velvet padded headband by Jennifer Behr. Sarah Midkiff,, 22 Feb. 2021 Alexandra Michler, Director of Fashion Initiatives has her eye on an 18-karat gold and silver topaz ring by Fred Leighton that would dazzle both on Zoom and in a post-pandemic world. Julie Tong, Vogue, 7 Dec. 2020 Artfully inspired by climbing plants, Italian fine-jewelry designer Bea Bongiasca’s Baby Vine ring ($675) features tendril enamel, rose gold and a striking topaz stone. Lindzi Scharf, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2020 This blue topaz solitaire ring will look stunning on your partner’s finger. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, 3 Dec. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of topaz

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


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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