Definition of jewel in English:

jewel

Syllabification: jew·el
Pronunciation: /ˈjo͞oəl
 
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noun

  • 1A precious stone, typically a single crystal or a piece of a hard lustrous or translucent mineral, cut into shape with flat facets or smoothed and polished for use as an ornament.
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    • Choose from two sparkling, glittering nail stickers sprinkled with rhinestones and jewels.
    • There are photo frames and little jewel boxes in the shape of dolls and animals, all with sparkling jewels inset.
    • Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.
    Synonyms
    gem, gemstone, (precious) stone, brilliant; baguette
    informal sparkler, rock
    archaic bijou
  • 1.1 (usually jewels) An ornament or piece of jewelry containing precious stones.
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    • The fecund decorations are transplanted in the exquisitely designed gold-plated jewels embellished with precious stones.
    • There was a separate stall for jewels embellished with precious stones like pearls, ruby and emerald.
    • Your gowns and jewels and trinkets, all of those were very pricey.
  • 1.2A hard precious stone used as a bearing in a watch, compass, or other device.
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    • I twirled it between my index finger and thumb, watching the jewel give off bright rays when it passed a specific angle.
    • Her jewel was resonating a little, then returned to normal.
    • Fine blades of Chinese cabbage came with pumpkin seeds, little jewels of red pepper and just a breath of sweetness.
  • 1.3A very pleasing or valued person or thing; a very fine example: she was a jewel of a nurse
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    • Draped with some of the world's finest footballing jewels and still Italy have failed to truly sparkle.
    • Peterhof stands out like a jewel among the bland communist structures found in greater St. Petersburg.
    • His squad boasts but one jewel, the 23-year-old Phil Jagielka, but Warnock can look forward to a new contract and more cash should United advance.
    Synonyms
    finest example/specimen, showpiece, pride (and joy), cream, crème de la crème, jewel in the crown, masterpiece, nonpareil, glory, prize, boast, pick, ne plus ultra

Phrases

the jewel in the (or one's) crown

The most valuable or successful part of something: science is the brightest jewel in the crown of our civilization
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  • This has been the dilemma facing the FA as they once again tinkered with the jewel in their crown, the FA Cup this week.
  • Monopoly, however, is the jewel in their crown, one which they guard jealously.
  • Our reservoirs and surrounding countryside are the jewel in our crown when we play host to visitors and tourists.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French joel, from jeu 'game, play', from Latin jocus 'jest'.

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