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gems

[gems] /gɛms/
noun, plural gemses
[gem-siz, -ziz] /ˈgɛm sɪz, -zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
chamois (def 1).
Also, gemse
[gem-zuh] /ˈgɛm zə/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin of gems
< German; Old High German gamiza < Late Latin camoc- (stem of camox)

gem

[jem] /dʒɛm/
noun
1.
a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
2.
something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth:
His painting was the gem of the collection.
3.
a person held in great esteem or affection.
4.
muffin (def 1).
5.
British Printing. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.
verb (used with object), gemmed, gemming.
6.
to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
adjective
7.
Jewelry. noting perfection or very high quality:
gem color; a gem ruby.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English gemme < Old French < Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme, Old English gim(m) < Latin
Related forms
gemless, adjective
gemlike, adjective
Synonyms
2. treasure, prize, jewel, pearl.
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Examples from the Web for gems
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  • While I have gathered foreign jewels, I have been ignorant of the gems in my own family.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • He was prepared to meet dazzling wonders of gems or priceless metal.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Her camorra, too, was open, and in her girdle there were gems for all to see.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • His boots were of black velvet, laced with gold thread that was studded with gems.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • To have refused would have been to confess that I did not appreciate his "gems" as he called them.

British Dictionary definitions for gems

gem

/dʒɛm/
noun
1.
a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
2.
a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
3.
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point
4.
(NZ) a type of small sweet cake
verb gems, gemming, gemmed
5.
(transitive) to set or ornament with gems
Derived Forms
gemlike, adjective
gemmy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone
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Word Origin and History for gems

gem

n.

Old English gimm "precious stone, gem, jewel," also "eye," from Latin gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," perhaps from the root *gen- "to produce," or from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail." Of persons, from late 13c. Forms in -i-, -y- were lost early 14c., and the modern form of the word probably representing a Middle English borrowing from Old French gemme (12c.). As a verb, from c.1600, "to adorn with gems;" mid-12c. as "to bud."

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