diamond in the rough

[ dahy-muh nd, dahy-uh- ]SEE DEFINITION OF diamond in the rough
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WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French diamant, from Medieval Latin diamantem (nominative diamas), from Vulgar Latin *adiamantem (altered by influence of the many Greek words in dia-), from Latin adamantem (nominative adamans) "the hardest metal," later, "diamond" (see adamant). Playing card suit is from 1590s; Sense in baseball is American English, 1875.

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