[joo-uh l-ree, jool-ree]


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, jew·el·ler·y.

Origin of jewelry

1300–50; Middle English juelrie < Anglo-French juelerie, equivalent to juel jewel + -erie -ery
Can be confusedjewelry Jewry jury Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jewellery

Historical Examples of jewellery

  • She will wear it; it will make her a little piece of jewellery.

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

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

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for jewellery


US jewelry


objects that are worn for personal adornment, such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc, considered collectively
the art or business of a jeweller
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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