family jewels

plural noun

: a man's testicles

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Fast-forward to the present day, as castmate Ehren McGhehey is shown receiving trauma to his family jewels from, in order: the fist of a UFC heavyweight champion; a softball from an Olympic pitcher; a hockey puck slap shot; and, most unfortunately, a pogo stick. Hau Chu, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Feb. 2022 Use of the Family Fortune Tom Walton, heir to the Walmart family jewels, fell in love with mountain biking while in college at Northern Arizona University. The Editors, Outside Online, 21 Nov. 2017 The queen’s will is not made public and is instead kept under lock and key, part of a century-old year royal legal quirk that began with a strange story of family jewels bequeathed to a prince’s lover. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 The new owner of the Romanov family jewels made their bids by telephone, and have chosen to remain anonymous. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 12 Nov. 2021 Working with a master jeweler at Porter Jensen Jewelers in the Seattle area, Oliver helps his clients repurpose their vintage or family jewels into new and emotionally meaningful designs. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of family jewels was circa 1920

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Cite this Entry

“Family jewels.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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