Definition of jewel in English:



  • 1A precious stone, typically a single crystal or piece of a hard lustrous or translucent mineral cut into shape with flat facets or smoothed and polished for use as an ornament.

    • ‘I leaned over to see a gold bangle with green glass jewels.’
    • ‘The next moment, Etria found that she had several necklaces crafted from jewels and gold around her neck.’
    • ‘To me, they are like a rare exquisite jewel in the midst of all kinds of other jewels.’
    • ‘She picks up the necklace and examines the jewels.’
    • ‘She had a golden horn coming from her head with a sapphire jewel on her forehead.’
    • ‘There are photo frames and little jewel boxes in the shape of dolls and animals, all with sparkling jewels inset.’
    • ‘Spotting the glimmering, jewel studded weapons, Shanza forgot to breathe.’
    • ‘Her necklace was seen more visibly with the blue sapphire jewel glowing slightly.’
    • ‘Priceless necklaces of jewels and silver hung there.’
    • ‘Lydia opened it and took out a silver ring that was set with tiny red jewels.’
    • ‘His hand automatically reached up to touch the ruby jewel on his forehead.’
    • ‘Mihal prowled through the tray of jewels, flicking stones over with his slender fingers.’
    • ‘Choose from two sparkling, glittering nail stickers sprinkled with rhinestones and jewels.’
    • ‘He was working on a jewel theft case when he suddenly disappeared, along with 5 other agents.’
    • ‘A silver band with pale blue jewels encrusted within was set upon his head.’
    • ‘Statues may contain healing herbs, sacred objects, precious stones or jewels, or other offerings.’
    • ‘The stones and jewels used in these paintings would have an added impact with the light from pooja lamps falling on them.’
    • ‘She brushed aside some dead leaves and vines and dirt, revealing a sort of stone plaque with jewels embedded into it.’
    • ‘The foils set amidst a black background give an illusion of jewels studded on glass.’
    • ‘He had golden eyes and a strange silver/white jewel on his forehead.’
    gem, gemstone, precious stone, semi-precious stone, stone, brilliant
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    1. 1.1An ornament or piece of jewellery containing a precious stone or stones.
      ‘she loved dressing up in her jewels’
      ‘the Crown Jewels’
      • ‘There was a separate stall for jewels embellished with precious stones like pearls, ruby and emerald.’
      • ‘The maid reappeared soon with three leather cases brimming with jewels and other trinkets.’
      • ‘Is he just trying to get close enough to steal the jewel for power?’
      • ‘The twist comes when Wilma's handbag gets switched with that of a jewel thief.’
      • ‘They were dumped and locked in a fine cabin, full of exotic rugs, firs, jewels and trinkets.’
      • ‘The fecund decorations are transplanted in the exquisitely designed gold-plated jewels embellished with precious stones.’
      • ‘An epidemic of jewel heists is plaguing stores in malls from Connecticut to Florida.’
      • ‘Duessa is dressed in the jewels and scarlet costume of the Whore of Babylon.’
      • ‘The jewels sparkled as she stepped out onto the deck of the ship.’
      • ‘Tony is just out of jail, after serving five years for a jewel heist.’
      • ‘There were tents of vendors selling artwork, trinkets, jewels and food.’
      • ‘Your gowns and jewels and trinkets, all of those were very pricey.’
      • ‘Five men carrying guns burst into King's jewellers last night and demanded money and jewels.’
      • ‘During a performance of Swan Lake, wacky cops and jewel thieves overrun the stage.’
      • ‘The princess and elephant puppets were also wonderfully designed with pearl-strewn costumes, jewels, and glittering fabrics.’
      • ‘My eyes were drawn to the exotic colors of beautiful gowns and glittering jewels the Thai ladies wore.’
      • ‘Village women often wear great wedding jewels to work.’
      • ‘He was wearing the ceremonial cape covered with silver jewels and other amulets.’
      • ‘He was dressed in purple silk robes and had jewels adorning his stubby neck and fingers.’
      • ‘Jewels have adorned the stars of the silver screen for over a century.’
      piece of jewellery, ornament
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    2. 1.2A hard precious stone used as a bearing in a watch, compass, or other device.
      • ‘I twirled it between my index finger and thumb, watching the jewel give off bright rays when it passed a specific angle.’
      • ‘Also, instead of the usual single row of stitching common on other designs, this little jewel of the outback sports two lines for an extra measure of strength.’
      • ‘There are only 16 rooms in this little jewel, now part of the Orient Express group.’
      • ‘Compassion and love - those are the real jewels.’
      • ‘Naturally you would like to know more about the Jewel of Elrokis - and more about the whereabouts of your little jewel.’
      • ‘Il Desiderio Preso per la Coda is a little-known jewel near the Piazza Navona.’
      • ‘The song, added to the tongue-in-cheek scenario, made this a hilarious little jewel.’
      • ‘Quite how this shiny little jewel of a record got ignored I will never know.’
      • ‘Bikini Genie is an ingenious little gizmo of a jewel that clips onto the back of your bikini and gathers it up into an instant thong.’
      • ‘The Celtic fans, meanwhile, patiently awaited the little jewels that brighten up such routine victories.’
      • ‘Fine blades of Chinese cabbage came with pumpkin seeds, little jewels of red pepper and just a breath of sweetness.’
      • ‘Now I'm spooning the little jewels of fruit salad into my mouth as I look out the window.’
      • ‘August is the month my family makes its annual escape to Pinecrest Lake, a pretty little jewel north of Yosemite.’
      • ‘It is a little jewel of a place and an interest in fly fishing or shooting is not necessary.’
      • ‘Her jewel was resonating a little, then returned to normal.’
      • ‘When I took my little jewel of a dinner out, the yolk's top half was beginning to harden a little, and this proved very enjoyable.’
    3. 1.3A very pleasing or valued person or thing; a very fine example.
      ‘she was a jewel of a nurse’
      • ‘Draped with some of the world's finest footballing jewels and still Italy have failed to truly sparkle.’
      • ‘Their last three albums were sparkling jewels in the power-pop coal mine of the 1990s.’
      • ‘His squad boasts but one jewel, the 23-year-old Phil Jagielka, but Warnock can look forward to a new contract and more cash should United advance.’
      • ‘The Indian woman wears the priceless jewel of modesty with pride.’
      • ‘On the cradle by the window slept their precious jewel, their baby daughter.’
      • ‘And Galway is the shining jewel in the crown of the Irish racing industry.’
      • ‘Peterhof stands out like a jewel among the bland communist structures found in greater St. Petersburg.’
      • ‘To him, she was a precious jewel among thousands of massive and useless rocks.’
      • ‘Close to the beach a living jewel glowed in front of us.’
      • ‘The Buddha, the jewel in the lotus himself, didn't start out in the mud.’
      • ‘St. Pio is certainly one of the most precious jewels of the Capuchin Order.’
      • ‘He has made little jewels of melody and elegant settings to surround them.’
      treasure, saint, angel, paragon, marvel, find, godsend, someone worth their weight in gold, something worth their weight in gold
      finest example, finest specimen, choicest example, choicest specimen, best example, best specimen, showpiece, pearl, flower, pride, pride and joy, cream, crème de la crème, jewel in the crown, nonpareil, glory, wonder, prize, boast, pick
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  • the jewel in the (or one's) crown

    • The most valuable or successful part of something.

      ‘Galway is the jewel in the crown of the Irish racing industry’
      • ‘The School of Music is the jewel in the crown of Cork's cultural infrastructure.’
      • ‘But she is also a rare jewel in the crown of humanity.’
      • ‘This has been the dilemma facing the FA as they once again tinkered with the jewel in their crown, the FA Cup this week.’
      • ‘Indeed, I invite United Future members to take a call, because this bill is meant to be the jewel in their crown.’
      • ‘What has been created in Edinburgh is the jewel in the crown for Harcourt.’
      • ‘Monopoly, however, is the jewel in their crown, one which they guard jealously.’
      • ‘What a horrible start to the new competitive hurling year for the jewel in our crown.’
      • ‘Our reservoirs and surrounding countryside are the jewel in our crown when we play host to visitors and tourists.’
      • ‘They really are the jewel in the crown of the gardens because of their historical and cultural importance.’
      • ‘Britain is one of the most beautiful islands on earth - and Manchester is a sparkling jewel in its crown.’
      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
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Middle English: from Old French joel, from jeu game, play, from Latin jocus jest.