Definition of jewel in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒuːəl


  • 1A precious stone, typically a single crystal or 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.
    gem, gemstone, precious stone, semi-precious stone, stone, brilliant; baguette, cabochon
    informal sparkler, rock
    archaic bijou
  • 1.1 (usually jewels) An ornament or piece of jewellery containing a precious stone or stones: she loved dressing up in her jewels the Crown Jewels
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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.
    piece of jewellery, ornament; trinket
  • 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.
    finest example/specimen, choicest example/specimen, best example/specimen, showpiece, pearl, flower, pride, pride and joy, cream, crème de la crème, jewel in the crown, nonpareil, glory, wonder, prize, boast, pick; masterpiece, chef d'oeuvre, pièce de résistance; outstanding example, shining example; Latin ne plus ultra
    informal the pick of the bunch
    treasure, saint, angel, paragon, marvel, find, godsend, someone/something worth their weight in gold; darling, dear
    informal one in a million, one of a kind, a star, the bee's knees, the tops
    archaic nonesuch


the jewel in the (or one's) crown

The most valuable or successful part of something: Galway is the jewel in the crown of the Irish racing industry
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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.


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

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