- 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.
- muffin(def 1).
- 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.
Origin of gem
Synonyms for gem
Examples from the Web for gemlike
Historical Examples of gemlike
He raised his eyes, and a bitter smile appeared on his gemlike lips.Sacrifice
Stephen French Whitman
Here was a land whose common substance had this gemlike opalescence.Marriage
H. G. Wells
Beside her bounded the great cat with shining, gemlike eyes.While Caroline Was Growing
Josephine Daskam Bacon
The walls were covered with Eastern hangings, tables of lacquer stood about filled with squat bronzes and gemlike ivory carvings.By the Light of the Soul
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Gardens of tulips are radiant, and mountain valleys touch the soul with the beauty of their pure and gemlike hues.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3
John Addington Symonds
- 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
Word Origin for gem
Old English gimm "precious stone, gem, jewel," also "eye," from Latin gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," perhaps from the root *gen- "to produce," or from PIE *gembh- "tooth, nail." Of persons, from late 13c. Forms in -i-, -y- were lost early 14c., and the modern form of the word probably representing a Middle English borrowing from Old French gemme (12c.). As a verb, from c.1600, "to adorn with gems;" mid-12c. as "to bud."