Definition of topaz in English:



  • 1A precious stone, typically colourless, yellow, or pale blue, consisting of an aluminium silicate that contains fluorine.

    • ‘Other slaves cut and shaped the amethysts, topazes, emeralds, and diamonds that often filled the gold and silver settings.’
    • ‘Brazil is the main source of gem topaz (an aluminium silicate fluoride in which hydroxyl ions replace some of the fluorine ions) Topaz can be colourless, blue, and rarely pink as well as the more familiar yellow.’
    • ‘I've seen earrings, necklaces, and rings with all sorts of gems including amethyst, citrine, blue topaz, and garnet.’
    • ‘Pink tourmaline and blue topaz and white gold are ‘in’ while yellow gold and diamonds are evergreen, they say.’
    • ‘The Ganjam Pallette Line uses the luxurious platinum in an unusual and unexpected treatment with onyx, peridots and blue topaz besides diamonds.’
    • ‘At the Serrie and McGuire pegmatites, large opaque white to pale blue euhedral topaz crystals were found in the core-margin zone.’
    • ‘There's also a matching pair of earrings and a ring with my birthstone, the blue topaz, in the middle and a diamond on either side of it.’
    • ‘Examples include at least some colored specimens of quartz, topaz, and fluorite.’
    • ‘Shaped like a chain of flowers were dozens of amethysts, blue topaz and emeralds, lined with silver.’
    • ‘The shining diamonds, rubies, emeralds, peridots, topaz, sapphires have now acquired a special status for the wearer.’
    • ‘There are excellent, beautifully illustrated sections on the feldspars, quartz, topaz, and beryl.’
    • ‘The ruby a necklace, the sapphire a ring, the opal a jeweled sword hilt, the moonstone a dangling earring, the diamond a stud earring, the amber an anklet, the emerald a bangle, and the blue topaz was the headband.’
    • ‘The Marambaia deposits are prolific producers of both fine aquamarine and its principal gem substitute, blue topaz.’
    • ‘Lined up neatly on nine velvet pillow (all different colours and sizes) were crowns and tiaras and circlets in gold, silver and bronze adorned in rubies, emerald, sapphires, opals, topazes, diamonds - you name it, it's there.’
    • ‘Allanite, fluorite, topaz, yttrotantalite, and zircon have all been found in pegmatites in the Stove Mountain area.’
    • ‘Think of semi - precious stones such as garnets, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine as much for their range of hues as for the way they hold the light, infusing it with shimmering color.’
    • ‘Most of them were common gems - rubies, diamonds, onyxes, sapphires, emeralds, topazes, and so on, and were used to supplement Elements and Talents.’
    • ‘Before nightfall, the group had seen amethyst, citrine, imperial topaz, aquamarine, tourmaline, and even alexandrite.’
    • ‘A zigzag-shaped bracelet and a blue topaz dress ring were also recovered from the scene.’
    • ‘The Mosaic, with its delicate platinum mesh exterior, set with a profusion of rubies, emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, topazes, quartzes and garnets, is perhaps the most poignant, for, like all of Faberge's eggs, it contains a surprise.’
    1. 1.1mass noun A dark yellow colour.
      as modifier ‘bright topaz eyes’
      • ‘Those strange, topaz eyes from which a core of burnished steel looked out upon the world.’
      • ‘The English pinstripes have new designs, and there are new colours for the fustians, like dark topaz or deep ruby.’
      • ‘Vermillion and topaz lines of energy shot out from the weapons.’
      • ‘In the hearth, the fire had dwindled to a few remaining embers - topaz coals, weakly sputtering thin ribbons of smoke up the chimney.’
      • ‘This morning in the early sun steam rising from the pond the color of smoky topaz, a pair of delicate copper-red needle-fine insects are mating in the unopened crown of a Shasta daisy just outside your door.’
      • ‘It would be welcome at the emperor's table: yellow as gold, transparent as topaz.’
      • ‘His eyes were still that ever-bright topaz colour and his light brown hair had grown long and thick.’
      • ‘I change Faces to my cheerful Face, golden shades with a happy grin, bright-glowing topaz eyes.’
      • ‘The whole shield jolted as glistening topaz fire erupted from the blade towards the core of the Striker group.’
      • ‘All the room walls were a cream color and the halls were topaz.’
      • ‘The upper slopes of the mountain afforded views of Dogs Bay, with topaz seas as clear as any Caribbean shoreline.’
      • ‘But he heard the entire tale out, then nodded and leaned forward, resting his elbows on his desk to look back and forth between them with those sharp, topaz eyes.’
      • ‘Tears rose into his bright topaz eyes unbidden and thoughts of his friend's death whirled inside his mind.’
      • ‘Here are reds that range in shade from the palest pink to maraschino cherry, blues of the deepest indigo and lightest topaz, and yellows and greens that race in rainbow hues across the spectrum.’
      • ‘If Indians like their shades bright, then in the summer months they go positively dazzling, with fucshias, topaz blues and citrus greens, oranges and yellows.’
      • ‘Instead she merely watched him and admired how the sun reflected off his opaline and topaz colored feathers.’
      • ‘As our return flight curved past Wakatobi, the mounds, ridges and huge crescent moons of the reefs we had been diving shimmered pale topaz in shallow pools of turquoise.’
      • ‘Though she's the only one that Mike doesn't recognize, he immediately is mesmerized by her intense, almost electric topaz gaze.’
      • ‘Al cleared his throat at that, and she glanced at him, alarm flooding those wise topaz eyes.’
      • ‘Looking up she caught amusement dancing in her aunt's dark rich topaz colored eyes.’
  • 2A large tropical American hummingbird with a yellowish throat and a long tail.

    Genus Topaza, family Trochilidae: two species


Middle English (denoting a yellow sapphire): from Old French topace, via Latin from Greek topazos.