jewelry

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noun jew·el·ry \ˈjü-əl-rē, ˈjül-rē, ˈju̇l-; ÷ˈjü-lə-rē\

Definition of jewelry

  1. :  jewels; especially :  objects of precious metal often set with gems and worn for personal adornment

Examples of jewelry in a Sentence

  1. a store that sells jewelry

Recent Examples of jewelry from the Web

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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.

Origin and Etymology of jewelry

see 1jewel


First Known Use: 14th century


JEWELRY Defined for English Language Learners

jewelry

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Definition of jewelry for English Language Learners

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


JEWELRY Defined for Kids

jewelry

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noun jew·el·ry \ˈjü-əl-rē\

Definition of jewelry for Students

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



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