Definition of family jewels in English:

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family jewels

plural noun

1Valuable items of jewelry belonging to a particular family and handed down from one generation to the next: the Astor family jewels
More example sentences
  • The collection consists of traditional jewellery inspired from the family jewels of the Nizam.
  • He criticizes judges who have overruled will provisions requesting the demolition of a family estate or a burial with family jewels.
  • In my novel, the character sees past wearers standing before her when she adorns herself with family jewels.
2 humorous A man’s genitals.
Example sentences
  • She didn't mention anything about my family jewels, which must evidently hang out when I fight.
  • How would he have felt if his friend had missed the ‘target’ and ended up shooting off his family jewels?
  • Something cold and clammy ran up his leg, into his pants and was racing its way towards his family jewels!


sell (or sell off) the family jewels

Part with or sell valuable or precious resources for the sake of immediate profit or advantage: he has no intention of selling the family jewels by licensing out his technology too early
More example sentences
  • I am able to pay for this private treatment without having to sell the family jewels.
  • There are accusations of selling off the family jewels to pay for extravagant building projects.
  • I was pleasantly surprised that the government is not selling the family jewels.

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Syllabification: fam·i·ly jew·els

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