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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

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 The process is then repeated until thousands of layers of nacre from the gem. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2021 Upon completion, the resort is expected to be the 12th gem in the Bulgari Hotels & Resorts collection. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 Another shining star, the Gold Lust hair oil, is an editor-favorite gem for repairing and adding mirror-like shine to locks. Karina Hoshikawa,, 4 Oct. 2021 Precious Lee looked like a precious gem for fashion's biggest night after a week of closing shows at NYFW. Devon Abelman, Allure, 13 Sep. 2021 Chelmsford 13, Dracut 4 — With great command of the strike zone, senior captain Tim Connor spun a gem for 5⅓ innings, belted a massive triple and knocked in four runs for the host Lions (3-2) in the Merrimack Valley Conference win., 14 May 2021 Manaea fell short of pitching baseball’s second no-hitter of the night after follow fellow lefty Wade Miley’s gem for Cincinnati at Cleveland. Janie Mccauley,, 8 May 2021 The rain stayed away long enough for South Alabama and Louisiana to finally get in the opener of their three-game Sun Belt Conference baseball series on Sunday night, and Jeremy Lee turned in a gem for the Jaguars. Creg Stephenson |, al, 18 Apr. 2021 Swiss wine country is a hidden gem and guests will visit the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, which are a sight to see. J.q. Louise, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 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, 20 Oct. 2020 Beach Boys gem not often heard, from an album not often played. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 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, 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, 9 Apr. 2018

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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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“Gem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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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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