Definition of family jewels in English:

family jewels

plural noun

  • 1Valuable items of jewellery belonging to a particular family and handed down from one generation to the next:

    ‘the Astor family jewels’
    • ‘He criticizes judges who have overruled will provisions requesting the demolition of a family estate or a burial with family jewels.’
    • ‘He's someone who would soak the rich, take away their mink coats and family jewels to buy the poor basic food, shelter and education.’
    • ‘The castle was sacked in 1644, but according to legend, not before the family jewels were thrown into the river, from which they were never recovered.’
    • ‘The incident comes just three months after a gang raided the family's home and got away with family jewels worth over 2 million pounds.’
    • ‘The collection consists of traditional jewellery inspired from the family jewels of the Nizam.’
    • ‘My grandfather gave her that necklace, from the family jewels.’
    • ‘In my novel, the character sees past wearers standing before her when she adorns herself with family jewels.’
    • ‘My pearls were once a part of the Darcy family jewels before they were given to me.’
    • ‘It was unfortunate because the robbers broke into his house and demanded that he hand over the family jewels.’
    • ‘At festive times when she did wear the family jewels at my mother's insistence, she took ages to put them on.’
  • 2humorous A man's genitals.

    • ‘Without hesitation, she lifts her knee, hitting him in the family jewels.’
    • ‘How would he have felt if his friend had missed the ‘target’ and ended up shooting off his family jewels?’
    • ‘Then I kicked him hard, right into his family jewels.’
    • ‘Something cold and clammy ran up his leg, into his pants and was racing its way towards his family jewels!’
    • ‘She didn't mention anything about my family jewels, which must evidently hang out when I fight.’