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

The same bag made a return at the Ashish show, where Porter wore a metallic silver drape top, a metallic rose gold skirt, matching silver sequin boots and Alexis Bittar jewels. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, "Billy Porter Had the Most Fun at London Fashion Week, Wearing 12 Different Outfits in 3 Days," 17 Sep. 2019 Princess Diana's gorgeous jewels have fast become a favorite of the Duchess of Sussex. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Paid Tribute to Princess Diana at the Smart Works Collection Launch," 12 Sep. 2019 Bergman reportedly chose Bulgari jewels to telegraph her character’s affluence, picking out a platinum-and-diamond necklace with a 70.75-carat emerald cabochon and a gold-​and-​diamond parure from the brand’s Via Condotti store in Rome. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 Aug. 2019 Set on a small coral outcrop that was once the site of a fisherman’s post, this jewel-like restaurant is surrounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The world’s best waterfront restaurants promise more than a view," 23 July 2019 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

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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The first known use of jewel was in the 13th century

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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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