- any of a group of very hard silicate minerals having the general formula AB(SiO), occurring chiefly as well-formed crystals in metamorphic rocks: red varieties are often used as gems, ordinary varieties as abrasives
- a deep red
- a single-crystal synthetic form used in lasers, electronics, etc.
Origin of garnetMiddle English gernet ; from Old French grenat ; from Medieval Latin granatus ; from granatum, garnet, literally , pomegranate ; from Classical Latin (see pomegranate): from the resemblance in color
Naut. a hoisting tackle for loading cargo
Origin of garnetLate Middle English garnett, probably ; from or akin to Dutch garnaat
- Any of several common, widespread aluminum or calcium silicate minerals occurring in two internally isomorphic series, (Mg, Mn, Fe)3Al2Si3O12 and Ca3(Cr, Al, Fe)2Si3O12, generally crystallized, often embedded in igneous and metamorphic rocks, and colored red, brown, black, green, yellow, or white and used both as gemstones and as abrasives.
- A dark to very dark red.
Origin of garnetMiddle English, from Old French grenate, from grenat, pomegranate-red, probably from Latin grānātum, pomegranate, from neuter of grānātus, seedy; see pomegranate.
- Of a dark red colour.
From Middle English granate, from Old French grenate, from grenat (“pomegranate red”).