Definition of jewel
1 : an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress
2 : one that is highly esteemed <regarded the library as the jewel of the campus>
3 : a precious stone : gem
4 : a bearing for a pivot (as in a watch) made of crystal, glass, or a gem
jewellikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of jewel in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of jewel
Middle English juel, from Anglo-French, diminutive of ju, jeu game, play, from Latin jocus game, joke — more at joke
First Known Use: 13th century
First Known Use of jewel
JEWEL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jewel for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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