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Definition of gem

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : jewel
b : a precious or sometimes semiprecious stone cut and polished for ornament
2a : something prized especially for great beauty or perfection
b : a highly prized or well-beloved person
3 : muffin


gemmed; gemming

Definition of gem (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to adorn with or as if with gems

Definition of GEM (Entry 3 of 3)

ground-effect machine

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Synonyms for gem

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of gem in a Sentence

Noun The house is a gem of colonial architecture. He pitched a gem of a game. Her most recent novel is a real gem.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Blessed with a gorgeous voice that oozes soul and sophistication, Garibay-Carey is a musical gem who rarely performs outside of San Antonio., "‘A monster singer’: Michelle Garibay-Carey, daughter of a San Antonio legend, makes a soulful statement of her own," 21 Oct. 2020 Hurricane Creek Park is a true hidden gem in north Alabama. Joe Songer |, al, "Check out the beauty of Hurricane Creek Park," 20 Oct. 2020 On the plus side of the ledger, Travis Fulgham has been a gem since activated off the practice squad in Week 4. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Rookie Chase Claypool's 4 TDs ignite Steelers in win over Eagles," 12 Oct. 2020 Raffle proceeds help fund the gem and mineral museum, and the upcoming Outdoor Children Discovery Zone. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Assistance League provides back-to-school clothing," 5 Oct. 2020 The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a classic gem that overlooks the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course and comes with epic views of the Pacific Ocean. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "3 of the Best Places to Stay in San Diego to Relax and Still Have Fun," 1 Sep. 2020 While the Parklands of Floyds Fork is a gem from stem to stern, the Moss Gibbs Woodland Garden in Broad Run Park is my favorite. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Listen, 2020 is the worst. Here's where to enjoy some trees (and other nature) in Louisville," 6 June 2016 Seven pitches later, Snell’s 1-0 gem had become a 2-1 deficit that proved impossible to overcome. Bruce Jenkins,, "Rays’ World Series Game 6 debacle: When computers ruled, and baseball lost," 30 Oct. 2020 The Dodgers toppled the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2, with Dallas-area native Clayton Kershaw pitching a gem, Max Muncy and Joc Pederson hitting homers, and Corey Seager continuing his postseason assault. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Dodgers win Game 5 to get within one victory of first World Series title since 1988," 26 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sikil p'ak salad with butter and gem lettuce, spicy pumpkin seed dip, pomegranate, raw vegetables and citrus-agave vinaigrette ($14). Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "The team behind Ocotillo opened a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix. Here's what to expect," 20 Oct. 2020 Beach Boys gem not often heard, from an album not often played. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Remembering Tom Seaver when he was Terrific," 3 Sep. 2020 From the banking and financial sector to gem and jewellery industry, and from the automobile and IT-ITeS industries, Mumbai has several important economic drivers. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 But Clark and Liu foresaw a more relaxed approach, with decor and furniture inspired by their wilderness adventures, from beach hikes in Mendocino to gem hunting in Tucson, Ariz., now taken with toddler in tow. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "A chef and a designer feather their North Beach nest," 9 Apr. 2018 Morera argues that the current flood of succulents and cactuses comprises more archetypes, as opposed to the collector’s gems that entranced superfans of past generations, including members of cactus clubs and mail-order gardeners. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why cactuses and succulents are the perfect plants for this cultural moment," 4 Apr. 2018 Hov gemmed up on his get-money verses, while the Freebandz leader, Future assisted with the catchy chorus. Bianca Alysse, Billboard, "All He Does is Win: DJ Khaled's 10 Best Club Anthems," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of gem


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gem


Middle English gemme, from Anglo-French, from Latin gemma bud, gem

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The first known use of gem was in the 14th century

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15 Nov 2020

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“Gem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gem

: a valuable stone that has been cut and polished for use in jewelry
: something that is admired for its beauty or excellence


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Kids Definition of gem

1 : a usually valuable stone cut and polished for jewelry
2 : something prized as being beautiful or perfect The old house is a real gem.

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