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/ ˈdʒɛmˌstoʊn /


a precious or semiprecious stone that can be cut and polished for use as a gem.



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Origin of gemstone

before 1000; Middle English gimstone, Old English gimstān. See gem, stone

Words nearby gemstone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for gemstone

  • Articles on gemstone localities, identification, and history.

  • On its highest hill stood a vision of marble and gold–a fortress in gemstone–the Temple.

    The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller

British Dictionary definitions for gemstone

/ (ˈdʒɛmˌstəʊn) /


a precious or semiprecious stone, esp one cut and polished for setting in jewelleryRelated adjective: lapidary
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