- a cut and polished precious stone; gem.
- a fashioned ornament for personal adornment, especially of a precious metal set with gems.
- a precious possession.
- a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable.
- a durable bearing used in fine timepieces and other delicate instruments, made of natural or synthetic precious stone or other very hard material.
- an ornamental boss of glass, sometimes cut with facets, in stained-glass work.
- something resembling a jewel in appearance, ornamental effect, or the like, as a star.
- to set or adorn with jewels.
Origin of jewel
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for jewels
They joined forces to form the rap supergroup Run the Jewels.The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More
December 28, 2014
The baby was naturally attracted to the bowlful of gold and jewels, but an angel intervened and pushed his hand to the other bowl.
Two bowls were set before the infant—one containing gold and jewels, the other hot coals.
Not cool stuff like jewels or the gold in Ft. Knox, just words and pictures.Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
Prosecutors alleged the jewels were contraband and seized them.Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion
May 25, 2014
Then there would be jewels such as she had longed for, a portrait by Chartran, she thought.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In all the stand up there, wit' their flounces and jewels, there isn't a lady like her.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Off he marched with the jewels, and that was the last that the pirate saw of his Indian treasure.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
She was very beautifully attired, and jewels glistened from her hair and throat.In the Valley
Perhaps long ago, one of these queens had kept her jewels in them.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
- a precious or semiprecious stone; gem
- a person or thing resembling a jewel in preciousness, brilliance, etc
- a gemstone, often synthetically produced, used as a bearing in a watch
- a piece of jewellery
- an ornamental glass boss, sometimes faceted, used in stained glasswork
- jewel in the crown the most valuable, esteemed, or successful person or thing of a numberwho will be the jewel in the crown of English soccer?
- (tr) to fit or decorate with a jewel or jewels
Word Origin and History for jewels
late 13c., "article of value used for adornment," from Anglo-French juel, Old French jouel "ornament, jewel" (12c.), perhaps from Medieval Latin jocale, from Latin jocus "pastime, sport," in Vulgar Latin "that which causes joy" (see joke (n.)). Another theory traces it to Latin gaudium, also with a notion of "rejoice" (see joy).
Sense of "precious stone" developed early 14c. Meaning "beloved person, admired woman" is late 14c. Colloquial family jewels "testicles" is from 1920s, but jewel as "testicle" dates to late 15c.