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[joo-uh l-ree, jool-ree] /ˈdʒu əl ri, ˈdʒul 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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for jewellery
Historical Examples
  • She will wear it; it will make her a little piece of jewellery.

  • Carriages, jewellery, apartments, exactly as you parted with them.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • What do I want with jewellery, or a fine house, and servants to follow me about as if I were a Cardinal?

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • It was rather high in the neck, and all the jewellery she wore was a single brooch.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • Besides, there were rings and things in the packet—his dead wife's jewellery.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • Its manufacture of jewellery, and gold and silver ornaments, is enormous.

  • I ran away with Lemuel who was then travelling with jewellery.

    The Opal Serpent Fergus Hume
  • He had principles, which was well for Samuel, as the jewellery was useful to him.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • They will not enable us to add to our stock of food, or drink, or clothes, or jewellery.

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

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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