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[joo-uh l-ree] /ˈdʒu əl ri/
articles of gold, silver, precious stones, etc., for personal adornment.
any ornaments for personal adornment, as necklaces or cuff links, including those of base metals, glass, plastic, or the like.
Also, especially British, jewellery.
Origin of jewelry
1300-50; Middle English juelrie < Anglo-French juelerie, equivalent to juel jewel + -erie -ery
Can be confused
jewelry, Jewry, jury. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Instinctively one connected Mary and flowers as one associated Beatrice and jewellery.

    The Gorgeous Girl Nalbro Bartley
  • I ran away with Lemuel who was then travelling with jewellery.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • I pawned all our jewellery, and as we had a great many valuable things, I got several thousand francs.

  • He had principles, which was well for Samuel, as the jewellery was useful to him.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • The Chinese have had it in use for unknown centuries, and it was applied by the Etruscans and Greeks to enrich their jewellery.

  • Kate, he reluctantly remembered, cared nothing for jewellery.

  • In her ears were small yellow diamonds, the only jewellery she wore.

    Vandover and the Brute Frank Norris
  • They compelled her also to give up her money, watch, and the jewellery she wore.

  • Say it was money, or plate, or jewellery, it would be as much ours as anybody else's.'

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • Besides, there were rings and things in the packet—his dead wife's jewellery.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for jewellery


objects that are worn for personal adornment, such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc, considered collectively
the art or business of a jeweller
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jewellery

see jewelry.



late 14c., juelrye "precious ornaments, jewel work," from Old French juelerye, from jouel (see jewel). In modern use it can be analyzed as jewel + -ery or jeweler + -y (1). Also jewellery.

The longer is the commercial & popular form, the shorter the rhetorical & poetic. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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