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jewelry

[joo-uh l-ree, jool-ree]
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noun
  1. articles of gold, silver, precious stones, etc., for personal adornment.
  2. any ornaments for personal adornment, as necklaces or cuff links, including those of base metals, glass, plastic, or the like.
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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
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n.

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]
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