jewelry

noun
jew·​el·​ry | \ ˈjü-əl-rē How to pronounce jewelry (audio) , ˈjül-rē, ˈju̇l-; nonstandard ˈjü-lə-rē\
variants: US jewelry or chiefly British

Definition of jewelry

: 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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Did You Know?

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Dahlen keeps his treasured NFL jewelry in a safe-deposit box at a bank near his home. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-49ers exec Neal Dahlen has more Super Bowl rings than anyone but Bill Belichick," 12 July 2019 Shop for jewelry, clothing, vintage merchandise, home goods, and more, and pause for a palm or tarot reading or a snack. BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do in and around Boston, July 15-21," 12 July 2019 The exhibit includes three glass cases that showcase Native American artifacts such as jewelry, spearheads and arrowheads, cooking tools and utensils, and pieces of pottery, as well as two handmade replica pots. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019 Failure to pay can result in home invasions where enforcers take dealers’ belongings, including televisions, jewelry, personal vehicles and drugs. ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio jury convicts pair in Mexican Mafia organized crime case," 2 July 2019 Vintage and retro furnishings, decorative arts, jewelry, Americana, architectural and industrial salvage, and pop culture memorabilia is a sampling of what will be offered at each monthly market on the first Sunday of the month, May through October. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 1-7," 30 June 2019 Barrett, a devout woman whose denomination eschews makeup and jewelry, stood when Moore called her name. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "The Nonprofit Hospital That Makes Millions, Owns a Collection Agency and Relentlessly Sues the Poor," 27 June 2019 Berkshire operates in a wide variety of businesses, such as energy, jewelry, furniture, auto dealerships, real estate brokerages and private jets. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Berkshire Hathaway offers diversity in one stock, plus a primer on 15-year mortgages," 23 June 2019 Trove Design Shop and Melissa Jane, a licensed massage therapist, will hold the event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5532 1st Avenue N. Trove Design Shop is a gift and homewares shop featuring ceramics, handmade jewelry, cards, art, books and décor items. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Design shop, message therapist open shared Woodlawn space," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of jewelry

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jewelry

see jewel entry 1

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The first known use of jewelry was in the 14th century

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jewelry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jewelry

: decorative objects (such as rings, necklaces, and earrings) that people wear on their body

jewelry

noun
jew·​el·​ry | \ ˈjü-əl-rē How to pronounce jewelry (audio) \

Kids Definition of jewelry

: ornamental pieces (as rings or necklaces) worn on the body

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Spanish Central: Translation of jewelry

Nglish: Translation of jewelry for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of jewelry for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about jewelry

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