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Meaning of jewel by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A jewel.


    From Anglo-Norman juel, from Old French jouel ( modern joyau ), based ultimately on Latin iocus ( “joke, jest” ) .


    • ( RP, US ) IPA: /ˈdʒuːəl/, /ˈdʒʊːəl/, SAMPA: /"dZu:@l/, /"dZU:@l/
    • ( Canada, US ) IPA: /dʒuɫ/, /ˈdʒuwl̩/
    • Rhymes: -uːl
    • Homophone: joule


    jewel ( plural: jewels )

    1. A precious or semi-precious stone; gem, gemstone .
    2. A valuable object used for personal ornamentation, especially one made of precious metals and stones; a piece of jewellery .
    3. ( figuratively ) Anything considered precious or valuable .
      Galveston was the jewel of Texas prior to the hurricane .


    • See also Wikisaurus:gemstone

    Derived terms

Explanation of jewel by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. adorn or decorate with precious stones

    2. jeweled dresses
    1. a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry

    2. a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry

    Definition of jewel by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Jewel ( jūĕl or juĕl ), n. [OE. juel, jowel, OF. jouel, juel, joiel, F. joyau, dim. of OF. joie joy, jewel, F. joie joy. See Joy.]

      1. An ornament of dress usually made of a precious metal, and having enamel or precious stones as a part of its design.

      Plate of rare device, and jewels

      Of rich and exquisite form. Shak.

      2. A precious stone; a gem. Shak.

      3. An object regarded with special affection; a precious thing. “Our prince ( jewel of children ).” Shak.

      4. A bearing for a pivot a pivot in a watch, formed of a crystal or precious stone, as a ruby.

      Jewel block ( Naut. ), block at the extremity of a yard, through which the halyard of a studding sail is rove.

    2. Jewel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jeweled or Jewelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Jeweling, or Jewelling.] To dress, adorn, deck, or supply with jewels, as a dress, a sword hilt, or a watch; to bespangle, as with jewels; to bejewel.

      The long gray tufts . . . are jeweled thick with dew. M. Arnold.