[ shuh-toi-uh nt ]
/ ʃəˈtɔɪ ənt /


changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.


Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.

Origin of chatoyant

1790–1800; < French, special use of present participle of chatoyer to change luster like a cat's eye, equivalent to chat cat + -oy- v. suffix + -ant -ant

Related forms

cha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chatoyant


/ (ʃəˈtɔɪənt) /


having changeable lustre; twinkling
(of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals


a gemstone with a changeable lustre, such as a cat's eye

Derived Forms

chatoyancy, noun

Word Origin for chatoyant

C18: from French, from chatoyer to gleam like a cat's eyes, from chat cat 1
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