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

Definition of jewel

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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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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 This urban jewel, located on the former site of the Boston State Hospital, has two miles of trails and boardwalks crisscrossing its 67-acre parcel of fields, woods, and wetlands., "5 boardwalks to elevate the hiking experience," 2 Apr. 2021 Clare's color options range from crisp neutrals to saturated jewel tones, with cheeky names like Fresh Kicks and Matcha Latte. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "This Designer-Founded Paint Brand Makes Picking the Perfect Wall Color So Simple," 12 Mar. 2021 Nature is our greatest asset and our most precious treasure, the jewel of all jewels. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "What Does Sustainability Look Like For Fine Jewelry? This Designer Is Paving The Way.," 1 Mar. 2021 The jewel of the desert is the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art. Maxwell Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Enjoy the Beautiful, Remote High Desert of Joshua Tree," 22 Feb. 2021 As China’s only serious geopolitical rival, the United States also happens to be the most religious country in the developed world and the only country that sees religious liberty as the first and most precious jewel in its constitutional crown. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "In the Second Cold War, Religious Americans Must Lead the Way," 21 Feb. 2021 Perhaps the jewel of the collection was Allsopp’s four folios of Shakespeare’s plays. Tom Dillard, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | TOM DILLARD: A book collector’s lengthy legacy," 15 Feb. 2021 The star center fielder, seen by many as the jewel of this season’s free-agent class, reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday for a six-year, $150 million contract. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "George Springer Reaches $150 Million Deal With Toronto," 20 Jan. 2021 Murphy’s Netflix worlds feel like window dressing, jewel-toned, inert, and wildly expensive. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "With a big Netflix deal and the power to green-light almost anything, Ryan Murphy has become the ultimate insider. And his work is suffering.," 4 Jan. 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, "What is Tanzanite? It just made this man a millionaire. And proved African mining reforms can work.," 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, "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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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5 Apr 2021

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“Jewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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