gemstone

[ jem-stohn ]
/ ˈdʒɛmˌstoʊn /

noun

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
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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

gemstone
/ (ˈdʒɛmˌstəʊn) /

noun

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