precious stone

  1. a gem distinguished for its beauty and rarity, used in jewelry.

Origin of precious stone

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300

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How to use precious stone in a sentence

  • Sometimes they are as richly diaphanous as a precious stone, and glow from within with a deep, inexplicable light.

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  • And the waves strewed the strand with gold and amber and ivory and pearls, and every sort of jewel and precious stone.

British Dictionary definitions for precious stone

precious stone

  1. any of certain rare minerals, such as diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, or opal, that are highly valued as gemstones

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