Definition of rhinestone in English:

rhinestone

noun

  • An imitation diamond, used in cheap jewellery and to decorate clothes.

    ‘a canary-yellow suit studded with rhinestones’
    [as modifier] ‘rhinestone earrings’
    • ‘She has short brown hair, red leather pants, a black Harley-Davidson shirt cut into a halter, a strand of white rhinestones as a belt and a little heart of white rhinestones around her belly button.’
    • ‘Later that year Nudie asked another prospective customer, Lefty Frizzel, whether he had the guts to wear a suit with rhinestones on it.’
    • ‘Derek had to get the rhinestones for the suit flown in from Czechoslovakia.’
    • ‘Fendi has played artfully with rhinestones, studding the tops for a line of mink co-ordinates.’
    • ‘My philosophy is one of ‘where would the diamond business be if not for rhinestones?’’
    • ‘Cut glass, rhinestones, and cubic zirconium are all attempts to replicate the beauty of diamonds at a lower cost.’
    • ‘Phoenix comes onto the stage in a bright turquoise cosmic-cowboy outfit with crystal rhinestones and embroidered roses.’
    • ‘A number of female passengers adorned their lapels with heart-shaped brooches filled with red, white and blue rhinestones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had an idea of returning to the clothing business with rhinestones on clothes but that idea did not go anywhere.’
    • ‘It says ‘Jesus’ in gold cursive lettering studded with rhinestones.’
    • ‘The top two-thirds of the composition is studded with rhinestones, suggesting stars sparkling in the metallic blue sky.’
    • ‘Women are decorating the exposed skin with tattoos or stick-on rhinestones and even enhancing the upper buttocks with plastic surgery.’
    • ‘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 white satin dress is made from almost 300 feet of material, and embroidered with 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls.’
    • ‘She had taken a rhinestone studded barrette to clip one side of her hair away from her face.’
    • ‘There was a lone tear residing on her cheek, slightly smudging her mascara, that caught the light and glittered almost brighter than the rhinestones on the tiara that rested on Jessica's perfect hair.’
    • ‘‘And your mom made us tiaras with rhinestones,’ she reminisced.’
    • ‘Other high fashion T-shirts are decorated with large chandelier crystal rhinestones evoking a look that is a perfection of casual elegance in today's global dressing.’
    • ‘‘Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkle clothes and cowboy boots,’ he said in 1986.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

rhinestone

/ˈrʌɪnstəʊn/