[kab-uh-shon; French ka-baw-shawn]
noun, plural cab·o·chons [kab-uh-shonz; French ka-baw-shawn] /ˈkæb əˌʃɒnz; French ka bɔˈʃɔ̃/.
a precious stone of convex hemispherical or oval form, polished but not cut into facets.
an ornamental motif resembling this, either concave or convex and often surrounded by ornately carved leaf patterns, used on furniture of the 18th century.
in the form of a cabochon: a turquoise cut cabochon.
being cut cabochon: cabochon gems.
Origin of cabochon
< Middle French,
equivalent to caboche
head (see cabbage1
) + -on
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for cabochon
Historical Examples of cabochon
I make a point of having a cabochon emerald: I collect them.'
As you walk around them they glow in lights and shades like a Cabochon emerald.
Otherwise, as Mr. Cabochon judiciously says, why have the stones reset at all?
Its surface is pierced with holes arranged in rose-shaped patterns, and set with large pearls and cabochon sapphires.
The Loch Buy brooch, of more elaborate workmanship, is likewise surmounted by a cabochon crystal on a raised dais.
British Dictionary definitions for cabochon
a smooth domed gem, polished but unfaceted
Word Origin for cabochon
C16: from Old French, from Old Norman French caboche head; see cabbage 1
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Word Origin and History for cabochon
1570s, from French cabochon (14c.), augmentative of caboche (12c.), augmentative or pejorative formation, ultimately from Latin caput "head" (see capitulum). Essentially the same word as cabbage.
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