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Origin of rhinestonetranslated, translation of French caillou du Rhin: so named because origin, originally made from pieces of quartz found in the Rhine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 colorless artificial gem of paste or glass, often with facets that sparkle in imitation of a diamond.
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").