or Koh-i-noor

[koh-uh-noo r]


an Indian diamond weighing 106 carats; now part of the British crown jewels.

Origin of Kohinoor

From the Persian word kōhinūr literally, mountain of light
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Examples from the Web for koh-i-noor

Historical Examples of koh-i-noor

  • I have my Koh-i-noor—my desire to depart and surrender my life to God.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • I cannot philosophically account for the Koh-i-noor's wrath.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

  • At the head of the table, just now, the Koh-i-noor, or the gentleman with the diamond.

    The Professor at the Breakfast Table

    Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

  • It was from this grand architectural structure that the Koh-i-noor was taken.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou

  • The Koh-i-noor, by the way, which was found in India only weighs 186 karats.

    An African Adventure

    Isaac F. Marcosson

British Dictionary definitions for koh-i-noor


Kohinor or Kohinur


a very large oval Indian diamond, part of the British crown jewels since 1849, weighing 108.8 carats

Word Origin for Koh-i-noor

C19: from Persian Kōh-i-nūr, literally: mountain of light, from kōh mountain + Arabic nūr light
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Word Origin and History for koh-i-noor



famous diamond, one of the British crown jewels after the annexation of Punjab in 1849, from Persian koh-i-nur, literally "mountain of light," from Persian koh "mountain" + Arabic nur "light."

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