jewel

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

jewel

verb
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

Noun

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

Synonyms for jewel

Synonyms: Noun

brilliant, gem, gemstone, rock [slang]

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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 win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. Tom Canavan, chicagotribune.com, "Sir Winston wins the Belmont Stakes in a 10-1 upset," 8 June 2019 The win gave trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. Tom Canavan, The Denver Post, "Another Triple Crown surprise: Sir Winston takes Belmont," 8 June 2019 Lyon Oaks remains the jewel of the five courses run by Oakland County and offers a stunning setting among a hardwood forest and wetlands. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2019 unveiled," 7 June 2019 Alice Walton, Sam Walton's daughter, founded the Crystal Bridges American art museum, the crown cultural jewel of the area. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart's Arkansas hometown has become a tech hub," 7 June 2019 Yves Herman The four biggest jewels in America’s tech crown took a pummeling in the markets today after various reports predicted the US government would step up its antitrust oversight. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "US tech giants facing antitrust probes won’t find respite in Google-EU fight," 3 June 2019 Every visitor to Jerusalem arrives with an expectation and leaves boggled by how vast and complicated this jewel in the rocky hills truly is. National Geographic, "See Jerusalem like a Nat Geo Explorer," 16 Apr. 2019 Running on his own in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Bodexpress began his obligatory trip around the track, driven either by instinct or the desire to be part of the crowd. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Horsing around: Riderless colt races to Preakness finish," 19 May 2019 Fanning, who usually opts for pastels or whimsical patterns, was dressed in a silver metallic gown by Naeem Khan along with Tiffany jewels. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning Continue Their Best-Dressed Reign at the Premiere of The Beguiled," 13 June 2017

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

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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jewel

noun

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

jewel

noun
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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