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

Juncker noted that one of the jewels in Europe's crown — the passport-free Schengen travel area — is under threat due to barriers and tougher border ID checks being imposed by some countries. Fox News, "EU eyes beefed-up coast guard to protect outside borders," 12 Sep. 2018 For a hint of jewel, try a slinky heeled sandal with the straps dotted in rhinestones. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Sexiest Summer Shoes Are Covered in Bling," 6 July 2018 The show is centered on two 1863 Frederic Church paintings: one owned by the Mattatuck, one of the jewels in its collection, the other a tiny oil owned by the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Susan Dunne,, "Two Eras Of 'Icebergs!' On Exhibit At Mattatuck," 30 June 2018 But Merkel is deeply aware of the threat the issue poses to Europe, notably to its Schengen passport-free travel area – one of the jewels in the EU crown – that allows easy cross-border business and travel. The Christian Science Monitor, "EU agrees on migrant plan, but details vague," 29 June 2018 Turbocharging The turbocharger is one of the jewels of engine advancements. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 New Britain considers the garden to be one of the jewels in its 148-year-old park. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Ahead of Earth Day, Central Connecticut Groups Offer Volunteer Park, Trail Cleanups," 13 Apr. 2018 After the season-opener at St. Petersburg (Fla.) and last week’s oval opener outside Phoenix, the paddock heads for Hollywood and one of the jewels of the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar. Jim Ayello, USA TODAY Sports, "Former winners could rise to the top at Grand Prix of Long Beach," 12 Apr. 2018 After the season-opener at St. Petersburg and last week’s oval opener at Phoenix, the paddock heads for Hollywood and one of the jewels of the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "SPM looks to stay hot, while Pagenaud hopes to bounce back as IndyCar hits Long Beach," 11 Apr. 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


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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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