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gem

noun \ ˈjem \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018
1 a : jewel
b : a precious or sometimes semiprecious stone cut and polished for ornament
2 a : something prized especially for great beauty or perfection
b : a highly prized or well-beloved person
3 : muffin

Examples of gem in a Sentence

  1. The house is a gem of colonial architecture.

  2. He pitched a gem of a game.

  3. Her most recent novel is a real gem.

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Origin and Etymology of gem

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

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gem

verb
gemmed; gemming
: to adorn with or as if with gems

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First Known Use of gem

1610

in the meaning defined above

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GEM

abbreviation
ground-effect machine

GEM Defined for English Language Learners

gem

  • : a valuable stone that has been cut and polished for use in jewelry

  • : something that is admired for its beauty or excellence


GEM Defined for Kids

gem

noun \ ˈjem \
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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