Dictionary

1jewel

noun, jew·el often attributive \ˈjü-əl, ˈjül also ˈjl\

: a valuable stone (such as a ruby or diamond) that has been cut and polished

: a piece of jewelry (such as a necklace or a bracelet) that is made of valuable metal and precious stones

: someone or something that is highly valued or admired

Full Definition of JEWEL

1
:  an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress
2
:  one that is highly esteemed <regarded the library as the jewel of the campus>
3
:  a precious stone :  gem
4
:  a bearing for a pivot (as in a watch) made of crystal, glass, or a gem
jew·el·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of JEWEL

  1. That diamond is one of world's largest jewels.
  2. This painting is the jewel in our gallery.
  3. The building is regarded as one of the jewels of modern architecture.

Origin of JEWEL

Middle English juel, from Anglo-French, diminutive of ju, jeu game, play, from Latin jocus game, joke — more at joke
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with JEWEL

2jewel

verb
jeweled or jewelledjewel·ing or jewel·ling

Definition of JEWEL

transitive verb
1
:  to adorn or equip with jewels
2
:  to give beauty to as if with jewels :  embellish

First Known Use of JEWEL

1601

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: jewel beetlePrevious Word in the Dictionary: jew downAll Words Near: jewel
April 27, 2015
savvy Hear it
to understand
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears