- any of a group of hard, vitreous minerals, silicates of calcium, magnesium, iron, or manganese with aluminum or iron, varying in color: a deep-red transparent variety is used as a gem and as an abrasive.
- a deep-red color.
Origin of garnet
- Henry Highland,1815–82, U.S. clergyman and abolitionist.
Examples from the Web for garnet
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He stopped and looked at Garnet in order to see the effect of the information.
Garnet could hear him wedding appropriate dance to the music.
Garnet, his glance fixed on his magazine, made a note of the name.
To Garnet's chagrin the Irish gentleman and his daughter also rose.
Garnet dropped the handle, Ukridge dropped the jug, Mrs. Ukridge screamed.
- any of a group of hard glassy red, yellow, or green minerals consisting of the silicates of calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, magnesium, and aluminium in cubic crystalline form: used as a gemstone and abrasive. Formula: A 3 B 2 (SiO 4) 3 where A is a divalent metal and B is a trivalent metal
- nautical a tackle used for lifting cargo
Word Origin and History for garnet
early 14c., metathesized from Old French grenat "garnet," originally an adjective, "of a dark red color," from Medieval Latin granatum, originally an adjective, "of dark red color," perhaps abstracted from pomegranate (q.v.), from the stone's resemblance either to the shape of the seeds or the color of the pulp. But perhaps the word is from Medieval Latin granum "grain," in its sense of "cochineal, red dye."
- Any of several common red, brown, black, green, or yellow minerals having the general chemical formula A3B2SiO8, where A is either calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), iron (Fe), or manganese (Mn) and B is either aluminum (Al), manganese, iron, chromium (Cr), or vanadium (V). Garnet crystals are dodecahedral in shape, transparent to semitransparent, and have a vitreous luster. They usually occur in metamorphic rocks but also occur in igneous and sedimentary rocks.