Origin of chatoyantFr, present participle of chatoyer, to change luster like the eye of a cat from chat, cat
Origin of chatoyantFrench present participle of chatoyer to shimmer like cats' eyes from chat cat from Vulgar Latin cattus perhaps of African origin
(comparative more chatoyant, superlative most chatoyant)
- (jewelry) Having a certain optical reflectance effect, which can be likened to the sheen of a spool of silk.
- (mineralogy) A hard stone, such as the cat's-eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wavy light.