jewel

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

jewel

verb
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

Noun

jewellike \ ˈjü-​əl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jewel (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 Returning to its typical position as the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the 2021 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday went off without a hitch. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, 18 May 2021 Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course is the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, following the Derby and preceding the Belmont Stakes. NBC News, 14 May 2021 Jockey John Velazquez and the dark bay colt Medina Spirit delivered trainer Bob Baffert his record-setting seventh Kentucky Derby victory two weeks ago, and then set their sights on the second jewel of the Triple Crown. BostonGlobe.com, 13 May 2021 Medina Spirit is still expected to race in the Preakness, the Triple Crown's second jewel, on Saturday. CBS News, 10 May 2021 Medina Spirit is still expected to race in the Preakness, the Triple Crown’s second jewel, on Saturday. Time, 9 May 2021 Medina Spirit is expected to run in the Preakness on Saturday, barring some abrupt change in plans or a decision from officials at Pimlico or Maryland’s racing commission that would prevent him from entering the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2021 Barbara’s ropa vieja — studded with the jewel-like colors of peppers and green olives amid rich, burnished salsa made with red and white wine — is traditional. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Mar. 2021 The tower’s form gets its jewel-like quality from the size and shape of the site. Emma Reynolds, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jewel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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16 Jun 2021

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“Jewel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jewel. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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jewel

noun

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

jewel

noun
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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