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

This incredible collection traced the history of Mughal jewels and objects to present day. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "The Maharajas & Mughal Magnificence Sale Breaks Auction Records," 20 June 2019 The style has since undergone a number of makeovers, including a high-fashion version that featured jewels and a colorful pastel take from Coach. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Melissa Released a Vegan-Friendly Collection of Jelly Shoes," 21 May 2019 Hadid accessorized her look with Messika jewels and a pair of black strappy heels. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Wore a Naked Jumpsuit Covered in Sequins to Close Out NYFW," 13 Sep. 2018 Growing up, Anne was never a fan of any of the jewels and tiaras that came with being a princess. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 18 Aug. 2018 Bedecked in jewels and jeans, more than 200 members and supporters of the La Providencia Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles were out in force to support the pediatric medical facility at their spring social this past week. David Laurell, latimes.com, "On the Town: La Providencia Guild goes country to rustle up funds for children’s hospital," 1 May 2018 But these thieves haven’t stolen jewels, artwork, or even drugs. Rachel King, Fortune, "9 Nonfiction Page-Turners to Bring to the Beach This Summer," 22 June 2019 The bride paired her look with Badgley Mischka shoes, Habib jewels, and a veil by Hatta Dolmat. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Love Story Behind Singer-Songwriter Yuna & Filmmaker Adam Sinclair's Wedding in the Malaysian Jungle," 19 June 2019 Access to a mountain of jewels, staff on hand to attend to your every whim, and a portfolio of castles to call home. Jackie Bischof, Quartz, "How to write a speech like a queen," 5 June 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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