jewel tone


Definition of jewel tone

: any of various colors (such as amethyst, emerald, and ruby) that resemble those of gemstones

Examples of jewel tone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Use deep jewel tones for richness, bright accents for a sunny and whimsical approach and a mix of neutrals for a soft, comfortable vibe. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Are you a pillow lover or minimalist?," 6 June 2019 The jewel tones of these lamps (cranberry, amber and midnight blue, azure) become even more spectacular when light is refracted by the glass. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Keep an Eye Out for Orrefors Crystal Lamps Whenever You Go Antiquing," 3 May 2019 This week, some were seen rocking brighter colors like jewel tones and neons, others mixing formal silhouettes like blazers with casual pieces like tank dresses. Teen Vogue, "Lizzo Wore Neon Head to Toe on The GLAAD Award Red Carpet," 29 Mar. 2019 In true Halpern fashion, there were rich jewel tones, micromini silhouettes, and sparking sequins galore. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Glamorous Spin on the Glitter Cat-Eye Is a New Party Scene-Stealer," 16 Sep. 2018 For the event, Duchess Meghan, who is always impeccably dressed, sported a jewel tone green Erdem coat—a fitting choice, considering the brand's designer, Erdem Moralıoğlu, was born in Canada. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Received The Cutest Gifts For Baby Sussex," 11 Mar. 2019 For a splash of jewel tones, in came Italian Moroso dining chairs—tubular, geometric, and another instantaneous yes. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 The minimalist ’90s turned up in the frill-free evening choices of Michelle Monaghan (in architectural, voluminous Rochas) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in a jewel tone maxi slip from Rat & Boa). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "10 Best Dressed: Week of July 30, 2018," 30 July 2018 The year has seen its fair share of inspirational, megawatt glitter moments, from the glimmering lids that took over Simone Rocha’s Spring 2019 runway to singer Kelela’s jewel tone makeover on Instagram, courtesy of Pat McGrath. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "How to Wear Glitter Makeup Like a Grown-Up," 20 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'jewel tone.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of jewel tone

1939, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about jewel tone

Statistics for jewel tone

Last Updated

15 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for jewel tone

The first known use of jewel tone was in 1939

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on jewel tone

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with jewel tone

Comments on jewel tone

What made you want to look up jewel tone? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


showing courage and determination

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!