Definition of diamanté in English:



  • Decorated with artificial jewels.

    ‘a diamanté brooch’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can make them more formal with the addition of a diamanté brooch to use as a clasp on the front or the back.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Vintage diamanté necklaces were top of the shopping list.’
    • ‘Although thongs are still in demand with diamanté and other designs, what we are starting to see is the comeback of briefs and panties.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 1Artificial jewels.

    • ‘Antik Batik does pretty jewelled tulle and suede thongs, while Topshop's natural leather strappy sandals have tiny diamanté stones, and Gap has jewelled metallic thongs with pretty printed insoles.’
    1. 1.1 Fabric or costume jewelry decorated with artificial jewels.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Otherwise, diamanté, marcasite, enamel and coloured faux gems of every kind all look good.’
      • ‘We can shape it into a heart, if you like, or we can apply diamanté round the edges.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've got a peacock-green number, a black thing with loads of diamanté, and a shiny silver one with a dangerously low neckline.’
      • ‘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’.’


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