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’
    • ‘In my novel, the character sees past wearers standing before her when she adorns herself with family jewels.’
    • ‘My grandfather gave her that necklace, from the family jewels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He criticizes judges who have overruled will provisions requesting the demolition of a family estate or a burial with family jewels.’
    • ‘My pearls were once a part of the Darcy family jewels before they were given to me.’
    • ‘The collection consists of traditional jewellery inspired from the family jewels of the Nizam.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At festive times when she did wear the family jewels at my mother's insistence, she took ages to put them on.’
    • ‘It was unfortunate because the robbers broke into his house and demanded that he hand over the family jewels.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2humorous A man's genitals.

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


  • sell (or sell off) the family jewels

    • Part with or sell valuable or precious resources for the sake of immediate profit or advantage.

      ‘Rangers have been systematically selling off the family jewels’
      • ‘I am able to pay for this private treatment without having to sell the family jewels.’
      • ‘I was pleasantly surprised that the government is not selling the family jewels.’
      • ‘This has been regarded by many as a selling of the family jewels for a quick gain by the council.’
      • ‘It is widely known that he was most unhappy about selling the country's family jewels.’
      • ‘Another idea was that, to help get out of debt, we sell off the family jewels: in effect, we look at asset sales.’
      • ‘There are accusations of selling off the family jewels to pay for extravagant building projects.’
      • ‘Sometimes the rich clubs get richer, but the not-quite-so-rich sell off most of the family jewels to remain solvent.’
      • ‘Governments have to sell off the family jewels to pay for infrastructure.’