There are 2 main definitions of gem in English:


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Pronunciation: /dʒɛm


1A precious or semi-precious stone, especially when cut and polished or engraved: a pagoda embellished with precious gems
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  • These ornaments are made in silver, and precious and semi-precious gems are used to embellish them.
  • On display are approximately two hundred examples of semiprecious and precious gems, decorative stones, and outstanding pieces of jewelry.
  • Members were instructed in the various settings of precious stones and gems.
jewel, precious stone, semi-precious stone, stone, solitaire, brilliant, baguette, cabochon
archaic bijou
1.1Used in names of some brilliantly coloured hummingbirds, e.g. mountain gem.
2An outstanding person or thing: this architectural gem of a palace
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  • The cathedral is now a vibrant and living component of the cultural and religious life of Waterford city and is one of our most treasured architectural gems.
  • Now you can find all of these wonderful pop gems living in a different world.
  • One of the city's architectural gems is to be restored to glory by a multi-million pound revamp - but some of Manchester's oldest trees will be felled in the process.
best, finest, pride, prize, treasure, glory, wonder, flower, pearl, jewel, the jewel in the crown, masterpiece, chef-d'œuvre, leading light, pick, choice, paragon, prime, cream, the crème de la crème, elite, elect;
outstanding example, shining example, perfect example of its kind, model, epitome, archetype, ideal, exemplar, nonpareil, paradigm, embodiment, personification, quintessence, standard, prototype, apotheosis, acme
informal one in a million, the bee's knees, something else, the tops

verb (gems, gemming, gemmed)

[with object] (usually as adjective gemmed) literary Back to top  
Decorate with or as with gems: a gemmed necklace tiny drops of sweat gemmed his forehead
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  • With the gemmed undergarments being worth a reputed £10,000, to not show them to anybody would be even more pointless than making them in the first place.
  • Their cheeks are gemmed with tears lit pink in the coming sun.
  • Because he squirmed in protest as she tried to remove his gilded, gemmed gauntlets, she had to leave them on.


Old English gim, from Latin gemma 'bud, jewel'; influenced in Middle English by Old French gemme.



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  • Its 14 gem-like songs remain true to the deepest traditions of fado, the breathtakingly lyrical and melancholic music of Portugal.
  • Set, gem-like, between the mountains and the sea, Cape Town is a spectacular city.
  • Rob stared, in awe, his eyes large and glassy and gem-like.


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  • In the first two years of mining, forty-three pockets have been discovered, two of which have produced large gemmy crystals of tourmaline rivaling the best material that Mount Mica has produced in its 185-year record.
  • These crystals, ranging in size from less than 2.5 cm to 10 cm across, have been found with fine, gemmy smoky quartz crystals from a few centimeters to over 30 cm long.
  • When any new material appears in quantity - especially something as exciting as these gemmy and perfect crystals - there is always speculation about where it comes from.

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There are 2 main definitions of gem in English:


Syllabification: GEM

Entry from US English dictionary


Ground-effect machine.

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