- a purple or violet variety of quartz, used in jewelry
- popularly a purple variety of corundum, used in jewelry
- purple or violet
Origin of amethystMiddle English ametist from Old French ametiste from Classical Latin amethystus from Classical Greek amethystos, not drunk (the Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication) from a-, not + methystos, drunk from methyein, to be drunk from methy, strong drink from Indo-European an unverified form medhu-, honey, mead
- A purple or violet form of transparent quartz used as a gemstone.
- A purple variety of corundum used as a gemstone.
- A moderate purple to grayish reddish purple.
Origin of amethystMiddle English amatist from Old French from Latin amethystus from Greek amethustos not drunk or intoxicating, remedy for intoxication, amethyst a- not ; see a- 1. methuskein to intoxicate ( from methuein to be drunk ) ( from methu wine ; see medhu- in Indo-European roots.)
(comparative more amethyst, superlative most amethyst)
- Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone
Middle English ametist, from Old French ametiste (French améthyste), from Ancient Greek ἀμέθυστος (amethustos, “not drunk”), from ἀ- (a-, “not”) + μεθύω (methuō, “I am drunk”), from μέθυ (methu, “wine”). The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.