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ˈæm ə θɪstamethyst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amethystadjective

    a transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone

  2. amethystadjective

    of a moderate purple color


  1. amethystnoun

    A transparent purple variety of quartz, used as a gemstone.

  2. amethystnoun

    The purple tincture when emblazoning the arms of the English nobility.

  3. amethystadjective

    Having a colour similar to that of the gemstone

  4. Etymology: ametist, from ametiste (French améthyste), from ἀμέθυστος, from ἀ- + μεθύω, from μέθυ. The Greeks believed that the amethyst prevented intoxication.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amethyst

    in heraldry signifies the same colour in a nobleman’s coat, that purpure does in a gentleman’s.

  2. AMETHYSTnoun

    A precious stone of a violet colour, bordering on purple. The oriental amethyst is the hardest, scarcest, and most valuable; it is generally of a dove colour, though some are purple, and others white like the diamond. The German is of a violet colour, and the Spanish are of three sorts; the best are the blackest or deepest violet; others are almost quite white, and some few tinctured with yellow. They are found in a hill named St. Sigminont, in Catalonia, by following the vein of reddish or black earth, or a vein in a rock so coloured, and are all hexangular, and pointed like crystal. Sometimes a great number is found sticking together, like the Bristol diamonds; but the best are found loose in the chinks of the rock. Beautiful ones are also found in the Pyreneans, and in the mountains of Auvergne. The amethyst is not extremely hard, but easy to be engraved upon, and is next in value to the emerald. Savary. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: αμέϑυστος, contrary to wine, or contrary to drunkenness; so called, either because it is not quite of the colour of wine, or because it was imagined to prevent inebriation.

    I observed some stones that nearly approached the granate complection; and several very nearly resembling the amethyst. John Woodward, on Fossils.


  1. Amethyst

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz. The name comes from the Koine Greek αμέθυστος amethystos from α- a-, "not" and μεθύσκω (Ancient Greek) methysko / μεθώ metho (Modern Greek), "intoxicate", a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst and carved drinking vessels from it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. Amethyst is a semiprecious stone that is often used in jewelry and is the traditional birthstone for February.


  1. amethyst

    Amethyst is a semi-precious violet or purple variety of quartz often used as a gemstone and ornamental stone. It is characterized by its rich, striking color which can range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple. It's often used in jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, and rings. Ancient Greeks believed that this gemstone would protect them from drunkenness and enabled them to maintain a balanced mindset.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amethyst

    a variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone

  2. Amethyst

    a purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms

  3. Etymology: [F. ametiste, amatiste, F. amthyste, L. amethystus, fr. Gr. without drunkenness; as a noun, a remedy for drunkenness, the amethyst, supposed to have this power; 'a priv. + to be drunken, strong drink, wine. See Mead.]


  1. Amethyst

    Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek ἀ a- and μέθυστος methustos, a reference to the belief that the stone protected its owner from drunkenness. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore amethyst and made drinking vessels of it in the belief that it would prevent intoxication. It is one of several forms of quartz. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Amethyst

    a′meth-ist, n. a bluish-violet variety of quartz of which drinking cups used to be made, which the ancients supposed prevented drunkenness.—adj. Amethyst′ine, [Gr. amethystosa, neg., methy-ein, to be drunken—methū, wine, cog. with Eng. mead, Sans. madhu, sweet.]

Editors Contribution

  1. amethystnoun

    1.) The First Auto Intelligents in Tehorah Perfection 2.) A stone wall protecting the Pearl gate City in order with the Broad street of Tehorah gold like transparent glass.

    Amethyst is as the apple of our most high eyes Yahweh the Omega in the Holyman generation.

    Etymology: Capital

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on September 9, 2023  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amethyst in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amethyst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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