chatoyant
I. adjective Etymology: French, from present participle of chatoyer to shine like a cat's eyes Date: 1816 having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light <
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II. noun Date: circa 1828 a chatoyant gem

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  • chatoyant — chatoyant, ante [ ʃatwajɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • v. 1760; de chatoyer ♦ Qui chatoie, a des reflets changeants. ⇒ 1. brillant, miroitant, moiré. Étoffe, pierre précieuse chatoyante. Plumage chatoyant. ♢ Fig. Style chatoyant, coloré et imagé. ● chatoyant,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Chatoyant — Cha*toy ant, a. [F., p. pr. of chatoyer to be chatoyant, fr. chat cat.] (Min.) Having a changeable, varying luster, or color, like that of a changeable silk, or oa a cat s eye in the dark. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chatoyant — [shə toi′ənt] adj. [Fr, prp. of chatoyer, to change luster like the eye of a cat < chat, cat] having a changeable color or luster [chatoyant silk] n. a gem or polished stone, as the cat s eye, with such luster chatoyance n. chatoyancy …   English World dictionary

  • Chatoyant — Cha*toy ant, n. (Min.) A hard stone, as the cat s eye, which presents on a polished surface, and in the interior, an undulating or wary light. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chatoyant — chatoyant, ante (cha to ian, ian t ; d autres disent cha toi ian) adj. Qui chatoie. Étoffe, couleur chatoyante. •   Les mouches étaient toutes distinguées les unes des autres ; il y en avait de dorées, d argentées, de tigrées, de rembrunies, de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • chatoyant — CHATOYANT, ANTE. adj. Il se dit d Un objet dont la couleur varie, suivant la direction de la lumière qui le frappe. Couleur chatoyante. Étoffe chatoyante. Pierre chatoyante …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • chatoyant — cha•toy•ant [[t]ʃəˈtɔɪ ənt[/t]] adj. 1) changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk[/ex] 2) jew (of a gemstone) reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon 3) jew a chatoyant gemstone, as a cat s eye • Etymology: 1790–1800; < F …   From formal English to slang

  • chatoyant — chatoyance, chatoyancy, n. /sheuh toy euhnt/, adj. 1. changing in luster or color: chatoyant silk. 2. Jewelry. reflecting a single streak of light when cut in a cabochon. n. 3. Jewelry. a cabochon cut gemstone having this reflected streak, as a… …   Universalium

  • chatoyant — adjective varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles changeable taffeta chatoyant (or shot) silk a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent • Syn: ↑changeable, ↑iridescent, ↑shot • Similar to …   Useful english dictionary

  • CHATOYANT — ANTE. adj. Il se dit Des objets qui, vus sous différents aspects, semblent changer de couleur, comme l oeil du chat. Étoffe chatoyante. Pierre chatoyante. Couleur chatoyante …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

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