crown jewel

noun

Definition of crown jewel

1 crown jewels plural : the jewels (such as the crown and scepter) belonging to a sovereign's regalia
2 : the most attractive or valuable one of a collection or group

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Synonyms

boast, credit, glory, honor, jewel, pride, treasure, trophy

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Examples of crown jewel in a Sentence

The painting is the crown jewel of the museum's collection. one of the company's crown jewels

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The crown jewel of the group is the YES Network, which carries Yankees games and in which the Yankees have a 20% stake. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Disney’s Hail-Mary Sports Deal," 4 Dec. 2018 By contrast, Von Ancken’s GRAT appraisals found that the crown jewels of Fred Trump’s empire, Beach Haven and Shore Haven, with five times as many apartments as Patio Gardens, were together worth just $23 million, or $11.01 per square foot. Susanne Craig, The Seattle Times, "Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes as he reaped riches from father," 2 Oct. 2018 The crown jewel of June so far, at least in terms of rankings, is Carmel senior Beau Robbins. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Four commits in one day has IU football recruiting heating up in Tom Allen's second year," 19 June 2018 The golf itself, though, is the crown jewel of the club and the general takeaway is the same for members and guests alike. Brent Kennedy, baltimoresun.com, "Piney Branch Golf Club," 7 June 2018 When your grandmother is the proud owner of the crown jewels themselves, worth an estimated four billion dollars, a selection of soaps and a house coat probably aren’t going to make the cut. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family's Christmas Tradition of Giving Joke Gifts to One Another Sounds Like the Most Fun," 22 Nov. 2018 But the crown jewel of Lee’s career has to be Peter Parker, a.k.a. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel comics, dies at 95," 12 Nov. 2018 The Tower has served as fortress, palace, prison, home of the Royal Mint and Royal Armory, and the storehouse of the crown jewels. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Marseille's Old Port is one of the most picturesque in all of Europe, and Nice is one of the French Riviera's crown jewels. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "France Is Getting 5 New High-Speed Train Lines," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of crown jewel

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crown jewel was in 1643

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crown jewel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crown jewel

the crown jewels : the crown, scepter, and other jeweled objects that a king or queen uses on formal occasions

: the most valuable or attractive thing in a collection or group

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