the family jewels

plural noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of the family jewels

1 :jewelry that has been passed from one generation to another
  • She inherited the family jewels after the death of her grandmother.
2 informal + humorous :a man's sexual organs

Word by Word Definitions

family play
  1. : the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children

  2. : spouse and children

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

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

  2. : designed or suitable for both children and adults

jewel play jewels
  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

  1. : to adorn or equip with jewels

  2. : to give beauty to as if with jewels : embellish


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