diamond

[ dahy-muh nd, dahy-uh- ]
/ ˈdaɪ mənd, ˈdaɪ ə- /

noun

adjective

verb (used with object)

to adorn with or as if with diamonds.

Nearby words

  1. diametrical,
  2. diametrically,
  3. diamide,
  4. diamine,
  5. diammonium phosphate,
  6. diamond anniversary,
  7. diamond bar,
  8. diamond bird,
  9. diamond drill,
  10. diamond dust

Idioms

    diamond in the rough, a person of fine character but lacking refined manners or graces.

Origin of diamond

1275–1325; Middle English diamant < Old French < Vulgar Latin *diamant-, stem of *diamas, perhaps alteration of *adimas (> French aimant magnet, Old Provençal aziman diamond, magnet), for Latin adamas adamant, diamond

Related formsdia·mond·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for diamond in the rough

diamond

/ (ˈdaɪəmənd) /

noun

verb

(tr) to decorate with or as with diamonds
Derived Formsdiamond-like, adjective

Word Origin for diamond

C13: from Old French diamant, from Medieval Latin diamas, modification of Latin adamas the hardest iron or steel, diamond; see adamant

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Word Origin and History for diamond in the rough

diamond

n.

early 14c., from Old French diamant, from Medieval Latin diamantem (nominative diamas), from Vulgar Latin *adiamantem (altered by influence of the many Greek words in dia-), from Latin adamantem (nominative adamans) "the hardest metal," later, "diamond" (see adamant). Playing card suit is from 1590s; Sense in baseball is American English, 1875.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for diamond in the rough

diamond

[ dīə-mənd ]

A form of pure carbon that occurs naturally as a clear, cubic crystal and is the hardest of all known minerals. It often occurs as octahedrons with rounded edges and curved surfaces. Diamond forms under conditions of extreme temperature and pressure and is most commonly found in volcanic breccias and in alluvial deposits. Poorly formed diamonds are used in abrasives and in industrial cutting tools.
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Culture definitions for diamond in the rough

diamond in the rough

Someone or something with potential or talent but lacking training or polish: “Her singing voice is beautiful, but she needs help with her gestures; she's a diamond in the rough.” This phrase refers to the fact that diamonds found in nature are rough and uneven. They must be cut and polished to bring out their true beauty.

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Idioms and Phrases with diamond in the rough

diamond in the rough

Also, a rough diamond. A person of exceptional character or potential but lacking polish and refinement. For example, Jack is intelligent and trustworthy but lacks manners—he's a diamond in the rough. [Early 1600s]

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