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jewel

[ joo-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒu əl /
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Definition of jewel

noun
verb (used with object), jew·eled, jew·el·ing or (especially British) jew·elled, jew·el·ling.
to set or adorn with jewels.
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Origin of jewel

1250–1300; Middle English jouel juel<Anglo-French jeul,Old French jouel, joel<Vulgar Latin *jocāle plaything, noun use of neuter of *jocālis (adj.) of play, equivalent to Latin joc(us) joke + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM jewel

jew·el·like, adjectiveun·jew·eled, adjectiveun·jew·elled, adjective

Other definitions for jewel (2 of 2)

Jewel
[ joo-uhl ]
/ ˈdʒu əl /

noun
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for jewel

jewel
/ (ˈdʒuːəl) /

noun
verb -els, -elling or -elled or US -els, -eling or -eled
(tr) to fit or decorate with a jewel or jewels

Derived forms of jewel

jewelled or US jeweled, adjectivejewel-like, adjective

Word Origin for jewel

C13: from Old French jouel, perhaps from jeu game, from Latin jocus
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