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jewel

noun, often attributive jew·el \ ˈjü-əl , ˈjül also ˈju̇l \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of jewel

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

jewellike

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

Examples of jewel in a Sentence

  1. That diamond is one of world's largest jewels.

  2. This painting is the jewel in our gallery.

  3. The building is regarded as one of the jewels of modern architecture.

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Origin and Etymology of jewel

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

jewel Synonyms


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jewel

verb

Definition of jewel

jeweled or jewelled; jeweling or jewelling
transitive verb
1 : to adorn or equip with jewels
2 : to give beauty to as if with jewels : embellish

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Origin and Etymology of jewel

see 1jewel



JEWEL Defined for English Language Learners

jewel

noun

Definition of jewel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JEWEL Defined for Kids

jewel

noun jew·el \ ˈjü-əl \

Definition of jewel for Students

1 : gem 1
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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