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Origin of gemstone

before 1000; Middle English gimstone, Old English gimstān. See gem, stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gemstone

Historical Examples of 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


  1. 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper