topaz

noun

to·​paz ˈtō-ˌpaz How to pronounce topaz (audio)
1
a
: 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)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are also pink opals, pink malaya garnets, pink topaz. Leanne Italie, Chicago Tribune, 19 Nov. 2022 Pink flamingos gather at the edges of salt lakes the color of lapis or topaz or garnet. Michael Snyder, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2022 That version also features a removable brooch with inset amethyst, topaz, and citrine gemstones mounted at the center of the steering wheel. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 17 Nov. 2022 This emerald cut necklace comes with either garnet, tourmaline, or topaz stones, to customize for yourself or for a sentimental gift. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 5 Oct. 2022 Banquet in Malta, the Duchess of Cornwall once again went for the Greville Tiara, but this time wore it with her pink topaz demi-parure. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 27 Sep. 2022 Turquoise Flowery Necklace featuring turquoise, blue topaz and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold ($14,475). Laurie Brookins, Robb Report, 5 Aug. 2022 The rich orange-yellow hue of topaz seems fitting for a late fall birthday. Vogue, 10 May 2022 Starting with designs influenced by the mid 19th century and continuing to the 1970s, the drop takes you on a sparkling journey via pink tourmalines, blue topaz and colorful cascading diamonds. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 16 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of topaz was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Topaz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topaz. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

topaz

noun

to·​paz ˈtō-ˌpaz How to pronounce topaz (audio)
: a mineral in the form of usually yellow to brownish yellow crystals that is valued as a gem

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