jewel

[ joo-uh l ]
/ ˈdʒu əl /

noun

verb (used with object), jew·eled, jew·el·ing or (especially British) jew·elled, jew·el·ling.

to set or adorn with jewels.

Nearby words

  1. jew's harp,
  2. jew's-ear,
  3. jew's-harp,
  4. jew-baiting,
  5. jew.,
  6. jewel block,
  7. jewel box,
  8. jewel case,
  9. jeweled,
  10. jeweler

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

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

Jewel

[ joo-uh l ]
/ ˈdʒu əl /

noun

a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for jewels

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 Formsjewelled 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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Word Origin and History for jewels

jewel

n.

late 13c., "article of value used for adornment," from Anglo-French juel, Old French jouel "ornament, jewel" (12c.), perhaps from Medieval Latin jocale, from Latin jocus "pastime, sport," in Vulgar Latin "that which causes joy" (see joke (n.)). Another theory traces it to Latin gaudium, also with a notion of "rejoice" (see joy).

Sense of "precious stone" developed early 14c. Meaning "beloved person, admired woman" is late 14c. Colloquial family jewels "testicles" is from 1920s, but jewel as "testicle" dates to late 15c.

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