jew·​el·​ry ˈjü-əl-rē How to pronounce jewelry (audio)
 nonstandard  ˈjü-lə-rē
variants US jewelry or chiefly British jewellery
: ornamental pieces (such as rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets) that are made of materials which may or may not be precious (such as gold, silver, glass, and plastic), are often set with genuine or imitation gems, and are worn for personal adornment
a collection of valuable jewelry
a jewelry store
see also costume jewelry

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Objects designed for the adornment of the body are called jewelry. While modern jewelry is made of gold, silver, or platinum, often with precious or semiprecious stones, it evolved from shells, animal teeth, and other items used as body decoration in prehistoric times. Over the centuries it came to be a sign of social or religious rank, and in Renaissance Italy, jewelry-making reached the status of a fine art. By the 19th century, industrialization brought jewelry within the reach of the middle class. Firms opened by such jewelers as Carl Fabergé and Louis Comfort Tiffany achieved great success by making fine jewelry for the wealthy.

Examples of jewelry in a Sentence

a store that sells jewelry
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Word History


see jewel entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jewelry was circa 1624

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“Jewelry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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jew·​el·​ry ˈjü-əl-rē How to pronounce jewelry (audio)
: ornamental pieces (as rings and necklaces) worn on the person : jewels
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