noun, often attributive
jew·​el | \ ˈjü-əl How to pronounce jewel (audio) , ˈjül How to pronounce jewel (audio) 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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Other Words from jewel


jewellike \ ˈjü-​əl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jewel (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 Vlatko Andonovski likens the gift he’s been given to a precious jewel. David Wharton, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2021 But with the Georgia precedent already in place and the Texas legislature in special session over a similar voting proposal, Manfred would not address the impact of a new law on the Rangers’ ability to host a jewel event. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 13 July 2021 Hijinks ensue, and schemes within schemes — including a rhino-saving project that somehow involves Persephone babysitting a rhino overnight; a sub-rosa jewel-trading venture; and some silly CIA business. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 The event was hosted within the soaring atrium at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, which was a jewel itself; each table was set with a different historic Sevres porcelain service and really exquisite flowers. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 11 July 2021 This jewel-bright glaze has as many uses as a Swiss Army knife. New York Times, 6 July 2021 Tartt Elias brought her design eye to even the most utilitarian spaces in the home, making closets, pantries, and laundry rooms into jaw-dropping jewel boxes where storage is rolled right into the aesthetics. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 1 July 2021 Ruby jewel bearings between 11 and 12 o’clock provide pops of color along with the blue hands, PVD-coated for legibility, which match the stitching on the black alligator leather strap. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 24 June 2021 At Mount Zero, a jewel-box-size bookstore in the Sheung Wan district, the owner hosts visits by politically controversial authors. New York Times, 20 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tanzanite has become something of a must-have jewel for celebrities looking to spice up their outfit with a striking blue gem. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 26 June 2020 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, 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, 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of jewel


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1551, 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 14th century

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Dictionary Entries Near jewel

jew crow


jewel beetle

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22 Jul 2021

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“Jewel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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