- a purple or violet quartz, used as a gem.
- a purplish tint.
- having the color of amethyst.
- containing or set with an amethyst or amethysts: an amethyst brooch.
Origin of amethyst
Examples from the Web for amethyst
Azalea—then Amethyst Kelly—was born in Sydney and moved to Miami when she was 16.Stop Being So Surprised By the Rise of Iggy Azalea
May 30, 2014
He wondered who had been inspired to dress her in that white and amethyst combination.Glory of Youth
At her throat, she had a cameo, and on her left hand, an amethyst set in tiny pearls.Rope
She had dropped the amethyst, by some incomprehensible mischance.Earth's Enigmas
Charles G. D. Roberts
On the distant heights the gray deepened gradually to amethyst.The Child of Pleasure
Thorvald with the amethyst of heavy Warlockian foliage at his back.Storm Over Warlock
- a purple or violet transparent variety of quartz used as a gemstone. Formula: SiO 2
- a purple variety of sapphire; oriental amethyst
- the purple colour of amethyst
Word Origin and History for amethyst
violet quartz, late 13c., ametist, from Old French ametiste (Modern French améthyste) and directly from Medieval Latin amatistus, from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethystos "amethyst," literally "not intoxicating," from a- "not" + methyskein "make drunk," from methys "wine" (see mead (n.1)); based on the stone's ancient reputation for preventing drunkenness, which was perhaps sympathetic magic suggested by its wine-like color. People wore rings made of it before drinking. Spelling restored from Middle English ametist.
- A purple or violet, transparent form of quartz used as a gemstone. The color is caused by the presence of iron compounds in the crystal structure.