Definition of diamanté in English:



  • Decorated with glass cut to resemble diamonds.

    ‘a diamanté brooch’
    • ‘More than 50 others pitched story ideas during the weekend to a Harlequin editor from Toronto, and to a publisher from Arizona, who wore a diamanté brooch spelling out ‘Book Lover’ on her lapel.’
    • ‘Just look at the Janet Reger G-string with a Swarovski diamanté back that comes with the ‘Bling Called Love’ package at Conrad London, in Chelsea Harbour.’
    • ‘You can make them more formal with the addition of a diamanté brooch to use as a clasp on the front or the back.’
    • ‘Sinéad was given away by her father Tommy and looked radiant in a white silk skirt and bodice with diamanté detail and full length veil.’
    • ‘This makes flats a dressier option and workable in the evening with a long gown or party dress, while thongs are now beaded, metallic, diamanté or - in a nod to the Grecian look - a simple gladiator style.’
    • ‘Although thongs are still in demand with diamanté and other designs, what we are starting to see is the comeback of briefs and panties.’
    • ‘‘Here's a pair I bought in the 80s for $500, which was an awful lot of money then,’ she says, unsheathing diamanté evening pumps.’
    • ‘Add to that the cost of leather pumps; fibre-tipped dance shoes; diamanté tiara and other accessories, and you'll understand the financial strain imposed on parents.’’
    • ‘Vintage diamanté necklaces were top of the shopping list.’
    • ‘Whether fishnet, tartan, lace, polka dot or embellished with diamanté stars, novelty tights are never flattering and only look good on fantastically good legs - approach with caution.’
    • ‘One was a family photograph of her entire family; one was a black-and-white photograph of her mother, specially coloured and framed; and the third was the diamanté necklace her mother wore on her 21st birthday.’
    • ‘For instance, sweep your hair back into a smart chignon and pair with long dangly earrings for one night on the town, then show off your long loose curls offset by a pair of diamanté studs the next time you're partying.’


mass noun
  • Costume jewellery or fabric made or decorated with glass that is cut to resemble diamonds.

    • ‘I've got a peacock-green number, a black thing with loads of diamanté, and a shiny silver one with a dangerously low neckline.’
    • ‘We can shape it into a heart, if you like, or we can apply diamanté round the edges.’
    • ‘I take the word of V & A curator Claire Wilcox that the safety pin dress is superbly tailored, but up close it looks even tackier than I had imagined, ditto the blue satin number studded with diamanté, once worn by Diana, Princess of Wales.’
    • ‘Juliet Dunn is another designer who has sharpened up the caftan by using diamanté or sequins alongside the expected swirls of embroidery.’
    • ‘There's even a small selection of products for the hen and stag dos, including T-shirts featuring key words in diamanté on the front such as ‘Sexy bridesmaid’ and ‘Groom's mother’.’
    • ‘Otherwise, diamanté, marcasite, enamel and coloured faux gems of every kind all look good.’
    • ‘Deborah Allen, from Darlington, had diamanté on her flamboyant hat, on her pink strappy sandals and even at her fingertips - but then she does own a nail bar.’


Early 20th century: French, literally ‘set with diamonds’, past participle of diamanter, from diamant ‘diamond’.