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jewel

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noun, often attributive jew·el \ˈjü-əl, ˈjül also ˈju̇l\

Definition of jewel

  1. 1 :  an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress

  2. 2 :  one that is highly esteemed <regarded the library as the jewel of the campus>

  3. 3 :  a precious stone :  gem

  4. 4 :  a bearing for a pivot (as in a watch) made of crystal, glass, or a gem

jewellike

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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.

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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jewel

verb jew·el

Definition of jewel

jeweled

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jewelled

jeweling

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jewelling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to adorn or equip with jewels

  3. 2 :  to give beauty to as if with jewels :  embellish

1601

First Known Use of jewel

1601



JEWEL Defined for English Language Learners

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jewel

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noun, often attributive jew·el \ˈjü-əl, ˈjül also ˈju̇l\

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

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noun jew·el \ˈjü-əl\

Definition of jewel for Students

  1. 1 :  gem 1

  2. 2 :  an ornament of precious metal often set with gemstones and worn on the body

  3. 3 :  a person who is greatly admired



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