jewel

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

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 , ˈjül-​ also  ˈju̇l-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for jewel

Synonyms: Noun

brilliant, gem, gemstone, rock [slang]

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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

Still, the time to go is right now because this uncut jewel is becoming ever more polished and attractive to visitors. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Atins, a Hidden Paradise on the Northeast Coast of Brazil," 18 Jan. 2019 This extraordinary jewel remained in the Oakes family until the MFA finally acquired it over 70 years later. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 Gran Melia Colon Calle Canalejas, 1 011-34-954-505-599 melia.com This five-star jewel provides utter luxury level, from the spacious rooms to the gym and spa. Sylvie Bigar, chicagotribune.com, "In Seville, Spain, young chefs are creating the next generation of tapas," 15 June 2018 Xochi, Houston: The breadth and depth of Oaxacan cooking is on magnificent display at this slick H-Town jewel from Hugo Ortega. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 Starting today, all of Tiffany & Co.’s diamonds will be 100 percent geographically transparent—for those curious about more origin stories, the information will be displayed in the case alongside the jewels. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "New Year, New Jewels: Tiffany & Co. Commits to Geographic Transparency for all its Diamonds," 9 Jan. 2019 The rapper reportedly discovered the missing jewels Tuesday night and contacted authorities. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "'Despacito' rapper Daddy Yankee robbed of $2M in jewelry by impersonator in Spain hotel room, reports say," 9 Aug. 2018 Despite the Qing Dynasty’s ban on exporting large pearls, the jewel was shipped to Europe via the Dutch East India Company. Time, "The World's Largest Freshwater Pearl Is Sold at Auction for $374,000," 1 June 2018 Which got the Hotline thinking (always dangerous): Is USC no longer the unquestioned coaching jewel of the Pac-12? Jon Wilner Pac-12 Hotline, The Seattle Times, "What’s the best job in the Pac-12? Even coaches say there’s an obvious hierarchy," 25 Oct. 2018

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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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1601, 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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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 \

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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