a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth: His painting was the gem of the collection.
a person held in great esteem or affection.
British Printing. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.
to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
Jewelry. noting perfection or very high quality: gem color; a gem ruby.
- gemless, adjective
- gemlike, adjective
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How to use gem in a sentence
Year 3 of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the franchise’s prized gems by way of The Process, is in the books.Can The Sixers Find A Way To Win It All With Embiid And Simmons? | James L. Jackson | September 28, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
You’re finding gems that you know you’ll treasure forever, that are unique, interesting, well-made, and delightful.The CEO striving to make vintage, secondhand clothing as popular as fast fashion | Rachel King | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
Another hidden gem — though it’s technically in Lewes — is The Station on Kings.
He’d displayed his gems to his street, arrayed at the head of the garage, facing the road.
Internal site search is one of the hidden gems every SEO should know about.Eight great tips for internal site search optimization | Marco Bonomo | June 18, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Baby cigarette “No worry of cancer with this cigarette costume,” the description for this gem reads.Sexy Ebola Nurse & More of the Year’s Worst Halloween Costumes | Kevin Fallon | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Take for instance this gem of a story written about the horrific Baltimore fire of 1904.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Garnet Café, named for Idaho's state gem, really is precious.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café | Jane & Michael Stern | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet another example is Belle Isle, a gorgeous 982-acre gem floating in the Detroit River.
Its name may sound dreary, but the Chambre du Commerce is considered a classical gem, dating back to 1878.
Each picture bore a label, giving a true description of the once-honoured gem.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
Susy—our Susy—is the cause of this miracle of beauty in the midst of misery; this glowing gem in a setting of ugliness.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
Before each guest stood a tiny glass that looked and sparkled like a garnet gem.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Blind—blind—blind that I was, not to remember that the love of a pure true-hearted woman was a gem beyond price.By Birth a Lady | George Manville Fenn
She wore a kind of sark of shadowy black veil, sewn over with sparkling bits of gem.Valley of the Croen | Lee Tarbell
British Dictionary definitions for gem
a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point
NZ a type of small sweet cake
(tr) to set or ornament with gems
- gemlike, adjective
- gemmy, adjective
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