MEANING: adjective: Having a changeable luster like that of a cat’s eye at night.
noun: A chatoyant gemstone, such as a cat’s eye.

ETYMOLOGY: From French, present participle of chatoyer (to shine like a cat’s eye), from chat (cat). Earliest documented use: 1816.

CHAMOYANT - like a soft cloth

CHATOYART - typical of paintings seen in castles along the Loire River in France

CHATOYANG - fancy name for a tomcat (compare CHATOYIN)