1

gem

noun \ ˈjem \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of gem

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.

Recent Examples of gem from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of gem

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

gem Synonyms


2

gem

verb

Definition of gem

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

Recent Examples of gem from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of gem

1610


GEM

abbreviation

Definition of GEM

ground-effect machine

GEM Defined for English Language Learners

gem

noun

Definition of gem for English Language Learners

  • : 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 \

Definition of gem for Students

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.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!