crown jewel

noun

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

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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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of crown jewel was in 1643

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“Crown jewel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crown%20jewel. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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