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


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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jewellike \ ˈjü-​əl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jewellike (audio) , ˈjül-​ also  ˈju̇l-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for jewel

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Texas primary is the second biggest jewel, behind California, in the Super Tuesday sweepstakes. Dallas News, "Texas has record voter numbers, but primary schedule makes it hard for presidential contenders to mobilize them," 15 Feb. 2020 Yards of metallic and jewel-toned cloth flaunted logos. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Dapper Dan Welcomed a Select Group to His Storied Harlem Atelier," 8 Feb. 2020 Bring cranberries, honey, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon water to a simmer in same skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries are plump and jewel-toned, about 5 minutes. Carrie Knauer,, "Carrie’s Kitchen: Cast off the casserole and try these 3 green bean recipes this Thanksgiving," 11 Nov. 2019 While these rings top the list as some of the most famous — and expensive — jewels, Sarah Ferguson's engagement ring from Prince Andrew isn't too far behind. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Story Behind Sarah Ferguson's Extravagant Engagement Ring," 30 Sep. 2019 Wearing a stunning strapless white Versace gown, Lorraine Schwartz jewels, and a fluffy shawl, Lizzo looked like a classic Hollywood bombshell. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wild Nail Art Is Trending at the 2020 Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 Koreans often take it to another level by having different colors on every nail or adding jewels on top, though. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Aurora Nails Is the Top Nail Art Trend in Korea Right Now," 24 Jan. 2020 Nearby, the Gasworks exhibition and studio space is a Vauxhall jewel, hosting independent artists including Patricia Domínguez and Zimbabwean painter Kudzanai-Violet Hwami. Leah Connolly, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: London," 9 Jan. 2020 Tokyo’s 1964 Olympics left behind several architectural jewels, the most famous of which was Kenzo Tange’s Yoyogi National Stadium. Stephen Wade, The Denver Post, "Tokyo’s new stadium: A masterpiece by Japan’s Kengo Kuma," 15 Dec. 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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


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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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce jewel (audio)

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


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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