noun, often attributive
jew·​el | \ ˈjü-əl How to pronounce jewel (audio) , ˈjül also ˈju̇l \

Definition of jewel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a precious stone : gem
2 : an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress
3 : one that is highly esteemed regarded the library as the jewel of the campus
4 : a bearing for a pivot (as in a watch) made of crystal, glass, or a gem


jeweled or jewelled; jeweling or jewelling

Definition of jewel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adorn or equip with jewels
2 : to give beauty to as if with jewels : embellish

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jewellike \ ˈjü-​əl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jewellike (audio) , ˈjül-​ also  ˈju̇l-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for jewel

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of jewel in a Sentence

Noun That diamond is one of world's largest jewels. This painting is the jewel in our gallery. The building is regarded as one of the jewels of modern architecture.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Algeria was considered the jewel in France’s colonial empire, and marked its independence day Sunday with a special funeral ceremony for 24 resistance fighters decapitated by French forces in the 19th century. Time, "French Anti-Racism Groups Denounce Paris Street Names and Statues Honoring Colonizers," 5 July 2020 Tobias Moers, who will take over as Aston's CEO on August 1, is another 100-percent car guy, somebody who has led AMG's transformation from niche tuner to the jewel in the Mercedes corporate crown. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Smarting: Could Anything Have Changed Andy Palmer's Aston Martin Tenure?," 2 July 2020 This long, sinuous body of jewel-like water stretches for 186 miles from northern Arizona into Utah. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Want to rent a houseboat, kayak or other water toy this summer? You can at these Arizona lakes," 30 June 2020 Cagle said the Centrum is a beautiful jewel in Precinct 4. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Project to revitalize the Centrum moves to next phase following Christmas car parade in June," 26 June 2020 For the sake of dramatic expediency, the series compresses Catherine’s sprawling, ruthless ambitions into a compact, jewel-box time frame. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“The Great,” Reviewed: A Proudly Fictional, Pleasurably Vulgar Spin on Catherine the Great," 18 June 2020 But to collectors in Europe and Asia, the squat, spineless and cushiony cactus is a living jewel. John Maccormack,, "Smugglers sold thousands of protected “living rock” cacti, found only in the Big Bend," 12 June 2020 Free movement is a jewel in Europe's crown that helps its businesses flourish and many European officials worry that the future of the Schengen area is under threat from coronavirus travel restrictions. Lorne Cook, The Christian Science Monitor, "EU urges members to open domestic borders closed during pandemic," 11 June 2020 Last week, Refinery29 swapped the colors of its website, going from its usual jewel-tone to the Black Lives Matter movement's signature black. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Somebody finally told Wall Street the world is on fire," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tanzanite has become something of a must-have jewel for celebrities looking to spice up their outfit with a striking blue gem. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "What is Tanzanite? It just made this man a millionaire. And proved African mining reforms can work.," 26 June 2020 Supplies: Wide cuff Jeweled elastic bracelet Brooches and sparkly embellishments Jeweled branch Hot glue gun Green floral tape How to: Step 1: Slide jeweled elastic bracelet around cuff and glue in place. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "7 Totally Unique Prom Corsages and Boutonnieres You Can DIY," 21 Feb. 2018 Shoes: Prada green velvet jeweled, $990, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth. Styled By Alexandrea Cohen/the Campbell Agency Photos By Ross Hailey Model Kathryn Havens/the Campbell Agency Hair And Makeup Artist Rick Flores/the Campbell Agency, star-telegram, "Go into the woods with October’s couture fashion looks," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jewel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jewel

Noun and Verb

Middle English juel, from Anglo-French, diminutive of ju, jeu game, play, from Latin jocus game, joke — more at joke

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The first known use of jewel was in the 14th century

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9 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jewel

: a valuable stone (such as a ruby or diamond) that has been cut and polished
: a piece of jewelry (such as a necklace or a bracelet) that is made of valuable metal and precious stones
: someone or something that is highly valued or admired


jew·​el | \ ˈjü-əl How to pronounce jewel (audio) \

Kids Definition of jewel

2 : an ornament of precious metal often set with gemstones and worn on the body
3 : a person who is greatly admired

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