Definition of jewellery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒuːəlri/
(US jewelry)


[mass noun]
Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal: she had silver hair and chunky gold jewellery [as modifier]: a jewellery box
More example sentences
  • The foreigner had tried to steal expensive diamond jewelry at knifepoint from a service girl.
  • She also requested you wear your gold jewelry, even though it is uncomfortable.
  • He wears real gold jewelry and drives a BMW.
jewels, gems, gemstones, precious stones, semi-precious stones, bijouterie;
treasure, regalia;
archaic bijoux


The different spellings of jewellery in British and American English can cause confusion. The British spelling jewellery adds -lery to jewel, while the American spelling jewelry adds -ry.


Late Middle English: from Old French juelerie, from juelier 'jeweller', from joel (see jewel).

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Line breaks: jew¦el|lery

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