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[rahyn-stohn] /ˈraɪnˌstoʊn/
an artificial gem of paste, often cut to resemble a diamond.
Origin of rhinestone
1885-90; Rhine + stone (translation of French caillou du Rhin) Unabridged
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  • Julia seriously inspected the rhinestone comb that glittered there.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • You'd have been hit by that horse if you had picked up nothing more valuable than a rhinestone buckle.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
  • She wore two rhinestone combs in her frizzes, which held also dust and burnt odds and ends of hair.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • Took it roun' to Eisenstein; he said it was a rhinestone,Kind, he said, he didn't give a dam fur.

  • Plug up th' leakin' kettle an' buy Mummer th' rhinestone combs!

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
British Dictionary definitions for rhinestone


an imitation gem made of paste
Word Origin
C19: translation of French caillou du Rhin, referring to Strasbourg, where such gems were made
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Word Origin and History for rhinestone

colorless imitation stone of paste or leaded glass, 1879, a loan-translation of French caillou du Rhin "Rhine pebble," so called because they were made near Strasburg, on the River Rhine, and invented there late 17c. Extensively worn later 18c.

Rhinestone jewelry, a reproduction of the ornaments of the Louis XV. period, is all the rage in Paris. The Rhinestones are as brilliant as diamonds, and being set in silver, will stand any amount of wear or of cleaning. ["The American Stationer," March 20, 1879]

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