Definition of jewel in English:

jewel

noun

  • 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.’
    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.’

Phrases

  • 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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Origin

Middle English: from Old French joel, from jeu game, play, from Latin jocus jest.

Pronunciation:

jewel

/ˈdʒuːəl/