1 of 3


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


2 of 3


gemmed; gemming

transitive verb

: to adorn with or as if with gems


3 of 3


ground-effect machine

Example Sentences

Noun The house is a gem of colonial architecture. He pitched a gem of a game. Her most recent novel is a real gem.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Consider this Tata Harper gem the fountain of youth in oil form. Nerisha Penrose, ELLE, 29 Nov. 2022 Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have also laid claim to gem as well, which was the possession of many rulers, including India’s Mughal emperors, before coming into the hands of the British monarchy. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2022 Will Pacific Northwest gem Seattle rank No. 1 or will the elite mountain town of Boulder, Colo., take the top spot? Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 This annual celebration of natural wine and pizza, held in the spacious garden behind Park View gem Sonny’s, is a chance to try pairing a wide variety of organic and natural wines and ciders with New York-style slices, while listening to a DJ. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2020 Other options include having a piece of jewelry entirely stone set or partially gem set, depending on the piece. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Enjoy the historic downtown, which is home to artisanal preserves gem American Spoon, former Hemingway haunt Stafford's Perry Hotel, and upscale kitchen and bar Pour. Katy Spratte Joyce, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 An old-fashioned beefsteak tomato meets kewpie mayo, smoked bacon, and gem lettuce. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 The massive watch, jewelry and gem trade show that had been operating since 1917 died a slow and painful death in 2020 with the exit of key brands, including Rolex, Patek Philippe and Swatch Group and LVMH brands. Carol Besler, Forbes, 23 June 2021 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


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


1610, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Gem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a usually valuable stone cut and polished for ornament
: something prized as being beautiful or perfect
gem verb

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