[ kab-uh-shon; French ka-baw-shawn ]

noun,plural cab·o·chons [kab-uh-shonz; French ka-baw-shawn]. /ˈkæb əˌʃɒnz; French ka bɔˈʃɔ̃/.
  1. a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facets.

  2. an ornamental motif resembling this, either concave or convex and often surrounded by ornately carved leaf patterns, used on furniture of the 18th century.

  1. in the form of a cabochon: a turquoise cut cabochon.

  1. being cut cabochon: cabochon gems.

Origin of cabochon

1570–80; <Middle French, equivalent to caboche head (see cabbage1) + -on diminutive suffix

Words Nearby cabochon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cabochon in a sentence

  • He peered at the brooch, which represented a bunch of grapes in small cabochon amethysts and leaves of green enamel.

    The Second Latchkey | Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • And there was a pendant, a star of diamonds with a great cabochon sapphire—Mademoiselle's beloved jewel!

    Vision House | C. N. Williamson
  • Each was a flat star of gray metal in which was set a large oval, cabochon-cut jewel.

    The Door into Infinity | Edmond Hamilton
  • The first three and the last are cabochon cut, elliptical in contour with flat bottoms.

    Industrial Arts Design | William H. Varnum
  • Design a built-up ring using an elliptical cabochon cut stone as the point of concentration.

    Industrial Arts Design | William H. Varnum

British Dictionary definitions for cabochon


/ (ˈkæbəˌʃɒn, French kabɔʃɔ̃) /

  1. a smooth domed gem, polished but unfaceted

Origin of cabochon

C16: from Old French, from Old Norman French caboche head; see cabbage 1

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