a colorless artificial gem made of hard glass that is cut so as to look somewhat like a cut diamond
Origin of rhinestonetranslated, translation of French caillou du Rhin: so named because origin, originally made from pieces of quartz found in the Rhine
A usually colorless artificial gem of crystal, glass, or another material, often with a flat metallic backing to create sparkling facets on the front.
Origin of rhinestoneAfter the Rhine ( translation of French caillou du Rhin piece of rock crystal gathered from the Rhine (such as used to imitate diamonds) ) ( caillou pebble ) ( du of the ) ( Rhin Rhine )
- made of or encrusted with rhinestones
- Karl wore a cowboy hat with a rhinestone hatband when he played his country and western gigs.
A calque of French caillou du Rhin (“Rhine pebble").