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gem

[ jem ]
/ dʒɛm /
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noun
verb (used with object), gemmed, gem·ming.
to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
adjective
Jewelry. noting perfection or very high quality: gem color; a gem ruby.
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Origin of gem

1275–1325; Middle English gemme<Old French <Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme,Old English gim(m) <Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM gem

gemless, adjectivegemlike, adjective
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How to use gem in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for gem

gem
/ (dʒɛm) /

noun
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
verb gems, gemming or gemmed
(tr) to set or ornament with gems

Derived forms of gem

gemlike, adjectivegemmy, adjective

Word Origin for gem

C14: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone
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