the family jewels

Definition of the family jewels

  1. 1 :  jewelry that has been passed from one generation to another She inherited the family jewels after the death of her grandmother.

  2. 2 informal + humorous :  a man's sexual organs

Word by Word Definitions

familyplay
  1. :  a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head :  household

    :  a group of persons of common ancestry :  clan

    :  a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock :  race

  1. :  of or relating to a family (see 1family)

    :  designed or suitable for both children and adults

jewelplay jewels
  1. :  a precious stone :  gem

    :  an ornament of precious metal often set with stones or decorated with enamel and worn as an accessory of dress

    :  one that is highly esteemed

  1. :  to adorn or equip with jewels

    :  to give beauty to as if with jewels :  embellish


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