Definition of amethyst in English:



  • 1A precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz.

    ‘a delicate necklace of amethysts and pearls’
    as modifier ‘amethyst earrings’
    • ‘In addition, each day of the show he will give a lecture, one on the minerals of China, another on the minerals of Peru, and a third on the agates and amethysts of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.’
    • ‘Rubies, emeralds and amethysts glittered out at the class and everyone gasped, even Mrs Kelly.’
    • ‘Semi-precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, pearls and corals enhanced the look of most creations.’
    • ‘I've seen earrings, necklaces, and rings with all sorts of gems including amethyst, citrine, blue topaz, and garnet.’
    • ‘Zambia today boasts of some of the quality gemstones such as emeralds, amethyst, aquamarine and many others.’
    • ‘I also used to always be attracted to certain types of minerals and gems, primarily quartz and amethyst.’
    • ‘Other slaves cut and shaped the amethysts, topazes, emeralds, and diamonds that often filled the gold and silver settings.’
    • ‘Beautiful silver earrings hang from the points of her ears, encrusted by black diamonds and deep purple amethysts.’
    • ‘John was introduced to the mineral community in the late 1960s when his daughter Grace presented him with an amethyst geode.’
    • ‘In the same case are several amethysts (the purple variety of quartz) of an amazingly rich violet color.’
    • ‘A fine-colored amethyst, the purple variety of quartz, is also mined here.’
    • ‘He added that he found a third medieval gold ring in September, set with either an amethyst or garnet stone, which is currently in the hands of the British Museum.’
    • ‘Shaped like a chain of flowers were dozens of amethysts, blue topaz and emeralds, lined with silver.’
    • ‘First, Jon placed an emerald, a diamond, a rose quartz, a ruby, an amethyst, and several chunks of jade in a circle outside the door that led to the chambers.’
    • ‘I buy from all over the world - agate from Botswana, turquoise from Mongolia, amethyst from Mexico and jade from all over China.’
    • ‘Each exquisite creation is studded with semi precious stones like turquoise, amethyst, pearls and corals.’
    • ‘Green gems were predominant here, but other colors sparkled here and there, rubies, amethysts, diamonds and the like.’
    • ‘Quartz is colourless when pure but minute amounts of impurities or lattice imperfections give rise to varieties such as amethyst, cairngorm, rose quartz, and smoky quartz.’
    • ‘Although pearls, of varying colours, are the main material Tuck uses, she also includes quartzes and some precious stones such as garnet and amethyst.’
    • ‘For the third and final week of the 1990 tour, we headed south to Iguacu Falls and then on to the amethyst deposits in Rio Grande do Sul.’
    1. 1.1 A violet or purple colour.
      as modifier ‘an amethyst dress’
      • ‘This season's purple make-up hues are equally exhilarating: intense amethyst, fig and crushed mulberry, to name a few.’
      • ‘In Australia, three base colours were used to make carnival glass: clear, aqua and dark amethyst.’
      • ‘This amethyst party dress with velvet ribbon trim is fully lined.’
      • ‘His eyes were narrow, the colour of amethyst, surrounded by heavy dark lashes.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin amethystus, from Greek amethustos ‘not drunken’ (because the stone was believed to prevent intoxication).