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  1. a flint glass with a high lead content, used to imitate gemstones.
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Origin of strass1

1810–20; < German, named after J. Strasser, 18th-century German jeweler who invented it


  1. silk waste produced in making skeins.
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Origin of strass2

1855–60; < French strasse < Italian straccio, noun derivative of stracciare to tear < Vulgar Latin *extractiare, derivative of Latin extractus (see extract)
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Historical Examples

  • At No. 58 lived Strass, the inventor of the simili-diamonds.

    Historic Paris

    Jetta S. Wolff

  • The first little town that reckons in the Zillerthal is Strass, a very unpretending place, and then Schlitters.

  • From strass 7000 gr.; pure calcined sesquioxide of iron (trocus martis), 65 gr.

  • Of the transparent glass paste termed Stras or Strass we have already spoken.


    H. Clifford Smith,

  • In the glass known as strass, used to make imitation Diamonds, the adamantine luster is well imitated.

British Dictionary definitions for strass


  1. jewellery another word for paste 1 (def. 6)
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Word Origin

C19: German, named after J. Strasser, 18th-century German jeweller who invented it
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