noun, often attributive
jew·el | \ˈjü-əl, 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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Other Words from jewel


jewellike \ˈjü-əl-ˌlīk, ˈjül- also ˈju̇l- \ adjective

Examples of jewel in a Sentence


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

These chunky leather Loeffler Randall mules are adorned with some festive faceted jewels. The Editors, The Cut, "41 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Miu Miu to Missoni," 13 July 2018 His bride wore a wedding gown with a mermaid silhouette, embellished with jewels along the V-neck. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Dancing with the Stars Champ J.R. Martinez Marries Longtime Girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones," 3 July 2018 The notoriously haughty royal went through great pains to smuggle her jewels out of France during the Revolution, and they haven’t been seen in public for more than 200 years. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: Pearls Belonging to Marie Antoinette, Unseen for 200 Years, to Be Auctioned off This Fall," 20 June 2018 But Argentina never lost its finest jewel, a soccer team that most years can challenge any on earth. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, "For Argies, Soccer is Religion, World Cup Win is Heaven," 16 June 2018 Houston gets one of its jewels back on Sept. 22, when the Menil Collection will reopen to the public. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Menil Collection set to reopen in September," 12 June 2018 Jacobs stunningly figures it out, enhancing her many fascinating jewels of insight with those of dancers like Gillian Murphy, Deborah Wingert and Veronika Part, as well as complementary, clarifying illustrations throughout. New York Times, "Misty Copeland Pirouettes Through Two Books on Dance," 11 June 2018 June and strawberries are intimately intertwined, and the first appearance of these ruby jewels at farm stands makes my heart leap. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep it simple and seasonal in the kitchen during summer," 7 June 2018 Taylor and her daughter, Cleo Zancope Gnatek, sell their jewels through Boston’s Lux Bond & Green and online. Kara Baskin,, "Jane Taylor’s glittery jewelry attracts stars," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jewel


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


see jewel entry 1

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Phrases Related to jewel

jewel in the crown

the family jewels

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The first known use of jewel was in the 13th century

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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 \

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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