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[shuh-toi-uh nt]
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  1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk.
  2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon.
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  1. Jewelry. a cabochon-cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a chrysoberyl cat's-eye.
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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 formscha·toy·ance, cha·toy·an·cy, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Cymophane, or chatoyant chrysoberyl, may also be asteriated.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7


  • She invariably wore gloves out of doors and a veil to conceal the chatoyant eyes.

  • There was a river there too; not a little bolt of chatoyant silk like the Avon, which they would have called a "crick" back there.

  • The chatoyant eyes of the leopard stared back, a flicker of restlessness in their brilliant yellow deeps.

British Dictionary definitions for chatoyant


  1. having changeable lustre; twinkling
  2. (of a gem, esp a cabochon) displaying a band of light reflected off inclusions of other minerals
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  1. a gemstone with a changeable lustre, such as a cat's eye
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Derived Formschatoyancy, noun

Word Origin

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