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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English crystal, cristal, criȝstall, from Old English cristalla (crystal), a borrowing from Latin crystallum (crystal, ice) (later reinforced from Anglo-Norman cristall and Middle French cristal, from Latin crystallum), from Ancient Greek κρύσταλλος (krústallos, clear ice), from κρύος (krúos, frost), from the Proto-Indo-European *krus-, *kru- (hard, hard outer surface, crust).

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  • enPR: krĭsʹtəl, IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪstəl/
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NounEdit

crystal (countable and uncountable, plural crystals)

  1. (countable) A solid composed of an array of atoms or molecules possessing long-range order and arranged in a pattern which is periodic in three dimensions.
  2. (countable) A piece of glimmering, shining mineral resembling ice or glass.
  3. (uncountable) A fine type of glassware, or the material used to make it.
  4. (uncountable, slang) Crystal meth: methamphetamine hydrochloride.
  5. The glass over the dial of a watch case.

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AdjectiveEdit

crystal (not comparable)

  1. Very clear.
    "Do I make myself clear?" / "Crystal."

ReferencesEdit

  • crystal” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2018.