an artificial gem of paste, often cut to resemble a diamond.

Origin of rhinestone

1885–90; Rhine + stone (translation of French caillou du Rhin)
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Contemporary Examples of rhinestone

Historical Examples of rhinestone

  • Julia seriously inspected the rhinestone comb that glittered there.

  • Plug up th' leakin' kettle an' buy Mummer th' rhinestone combs!

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • She wore two rhinestone combs in her frizzes, which held also dust and burnt odds and ends of hair.

    The Woman Who Toils

    Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst

  • You'd have been hit by that horse if you had picked up nothing more valuable than a rhinestone buckle.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • Took it roun' to Eisenstein; he said it was a rhinestone,Kind, he said, he didn't give a dam fur.

British Dictionary definitions for rhinestone



an imitation gem made of paste

Word Origin for rhinestone

C19: translation of French caillou du Rhin, referring to Strasbourg, where such gems were made
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Word Origin and History for rhinestone

colorless imitation stone of paste or leaded glass, 1879, a loan-translation of French caillou du Rhin "Rhine pebble," so called because they were made near Strasburg, on the River Rhine, and invented there late 17c. Extensively worn later 18c.

Rhinestone jewelry, a reproduction of the ornaments of the Louis XV. period, is all the rage in Paris. The Rhinestones are as brilliant as diamonds, and being set in silver, will stand any amount of wear or of cleaning. ["The American Stationer," March 20, 1879]
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