Definition of jewelry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjo͞o(ə)lrē/
(British jewellery)


Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.
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.


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


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

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Syllabification: jew·el·ry

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