Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small, glittering ornament, such as a rhinestone or a sequin, applied to fabric or a garment.
  • n. Fabric that has been covered with many of these ornaments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an artificial diamond used as adornment, such as a rhinestone
  • adj. covered in diamante decorations
  • adj. shiny or iridescent, as if covered in or made of diamonds

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
  • n. fabric covered with glittering ornaments such as sequins or rhinestones

Etymologies

French diamant├ę, decorated with diamonds, from diamant, diamond; see diamond.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I went out for dinner tonight dressed in diamante studded Katharine Hamnett t-shirt and blue jeans.

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  • An odd mix of waistcoat and straightjacket up top, with some kind of diamante augmentation around the neck, the whole combo topped off with a wide brimmed black hat.

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  • Her very short skirts, which are made of numberless layers of white tulle, and the top layer, which stands out almost like a wheel, is adorned with a bold lattice work of silver ruching and diamante and interlaced with a delicate tracery of pale blue.

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  • "This isn't reality TV!" they splutter, settling in for 60 solid minutes watching a woman fake-tanned the shade of a third-degree burn glueing diamante craft beads on to her vagina.

    Grace Dent's TV OD

  • He adds, the metallic weird diamante hoop at her shoulder is just wacky.

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  • Later, Christian will appear at bingo night as Emma Roid, chest hair flooding from his crimson diamante gown, then become so gloriously clattered on lager he vanishes for an Embassy Red and never returns.

    The Hotel: Grace Dent's TV OD

  • She donned a strapless, white gown with diamante embellishment at the waist and a cropped angora sweater, all by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, according to the AFP.

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  • Ribbons, lace and diamante paste began appearing in the strangest of places (the back pocket of blue jeans being the nadir).

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  • Here were a group of people who dyed their pets bright pink, dressed them up in sequined ballet tutus, called their cages condos, fed them out of $1200 diamante bowls and made them pose for wedding photographs.

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  • The dress was an undone version of her Westminster Abbey outfit, but with the lace overlay replaced by a sparkling diamante cuff at the waist.

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