gemstone

[ jem-stohn ]
/ ˈdʒɛmˌstoʊn /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. gemot,
  2. gempylid,
  3. gems,
  4. gemsbok,
  5. gemsbuck,
  6. gemütlich,
  7. gemütlichkeit,
  8. gen,
  9. gen up,
  10. gen x

Origin of gemstone

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

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Examples 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

gemstone

/ (ˈdʒɛmˌstəʊn) /

noun

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

gemstone

n.

Old English gimstan; see gem + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper