gem

noun
\ ˈjem \

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

gem

verb
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

brilliant, gemstone, jewel, rock [slang]

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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

Nike’s special Crystal Fabric weaves 50 thousand (yes, 50 thousand) Swarovski gems into the shoes’ golden racing stripes, which is accented on the sides and tongues with a bright red logo swoosh. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Nike Released a Pair of Swarovski-Covered Air Max 97 Shoes," 26 Dec. 2018 Image: Capy Capy, the game developer behind beloved indie gems Super Time Force and Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP, is finally ready to release its next big title. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Long-awaited survival game Below is out next week," 6 Dec. 2018 The property originally came on the market in 2016 for $1.3M. If a midcentury gem on over 100 acres sounds like your Bauhaus dream, 297 Upper Jaffrey Road is on the market now for $1,185,000. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Midcentury modern on 135 acres asks $1.2M," 29 Nov. 2018 The sparkler the couple chose features a rare pink-orange oval padparadscha sapphire gem with a halo of diamonds surrounding it. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Engagement Story Is Straight Out of a Movie," 29 Aug. 2018 The Saturday and Sunday Phila Flea Markets Best For: Vintage jewelry and clothing, industrial-style home accessories, and rare garage sale gems. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, House Beautiful, "5 Flea Markets to Hit Around Philly for the Coolest Furniture," 21 Aug. 2018 Carrasco confounded the Brewers on May 9, striking out 14 in a complete-game, 117-pitch gem. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ""Kluber being Kluber." Indians starter shuts down Brewers' offense.," 5 June 2018 In the meantime, please enjoy an equally everyday-wearable beauty look that went down the Gucci Cruise runway: a death mask made with pantyhose and gem eyes. Marci Robin, Allure, "Gucci Cruise Sent Elizabethan Hair Down the Runway — With a Literal Twist," 31 May 2018 But Alabama signed four highly rated west coast players last winter and is expected to land a 2019 gem: Henry To’oto’o, from Concord (Calif.) De La Salle, the No. Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "The Pac-12 is at risk of losing its recruiting foothold on the West Coast, and Alabama smells blood," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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

Noun

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

Verb

1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gem

Noun

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

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gem

noun

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

gem

noun
\ ˈjem \

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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