- 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.