Share this entry

Share this page

rhinestone

Syllabification: rhine·stone
Pronunciation: /ˈrīnˌstōn
 
/

Definition of rhinestone in English:

noun

An imitation diamond used in costume jewelry and to decorate clothes.
Example sentences
  • She was decked out in a pair of expensive jeans with artfully studded rhinestones, an off-the-shoulder shirt in pale pink, heels that I'd never before seen in her closet, and stunning, yet simple jewelry.
  • The crossbones are oversized, and the whole thing's studded with rhinestones - except the skull's eyes, each of which is a black plastic gem of some sort.
  • The white satin dress is made from almost 300 feet of material, and embroidered with 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls.

Origin

late 19th century: translating French caillou du Rhin, literally 'pebble of the Rhine'.

Words that rhyme with rhinestone

grindstone

Definition of rhinestone in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkəmbərsəm
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…