jewel

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

On a recent day, Cuatepotzo scrawled his recipe for one of the jewels of Mexican gastronomy on a sheet. Washington Post, "Mexico celebrates its independence with iconic chile dish," 16 Sep. 2019 This cluster is one of the true jewels of the heavens! Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Celestial congestion of Hercules Cluster is a treasure," 8 Sep. 2019 Along the parade route, the attention was on the fantastical, vibrant costumes, as towering feathery wings dotted with jewels and sequins reached improbable heights, nearly touching the traffic lights overhead. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Caribbean parade turns Roxbury and Dorchester into a rainbow of cultures," 24 Aug. 2019 The mayoralty was once a jewel in the Tory crown, when Boris Johnson served two terms in 2008-16. The Economist, "London’s mayoral race shows Tory disregard for the capital," 22 Aug. 2019 But Pappoe may very well have been the jewel of the recruiting class. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn’s 10 potential breakout athletes for 2019-20," 14 July 2019 The company’s sales have boomed and Iscar is now the jewel in the crown of the IMC Group, one of the world’s largest international metalworking conglomerates, owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Ephrat Livni, Quartz at Work, "The secret to success of an Israeli company that’s the darling of Warren Buffett," 14 July 2019 The 2,000+ diamonds on the Dream Angels Fantasy Bra were created by Swarovski, marking the first time the bra has been made with jewels originating from a lab. Ana Colón, Glamour, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra," 6 Nov. 2018 The San Francisco Symphony’s 108th season opening gala on Wednesday, Sept. 4, included all the dramatic jewels and dazzling fashions that have become as much a tradition at the event as the music itself. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "Fashion from the 2019 San Francisco Symphony Gala," 4 Sep. 2019

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

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 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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