Definition of jewellery in English:

jewellery

(US jewelry)

noun

mass noun
  • Personal ornaments, such as necklaces, rings, or bracelets, that are typically made from or contain jewels and precious metal.

    ‘she had silver hair and chunky gold jewellery’
    as modifier ‘a jewellery box’
    • ‘She also requested you wear your gold jewelry, even though it is uncomfortable.’
    • ‘Once I opened the box I see a small black velvet jewelry box.’
    • ‘The foreigner had tried to steal expensive diamond jewelry at knifepoint from a service girl.’
    • ‘Items of fine jewelry are priced from 2,400 baht and up.’
    • ‘She then took out her red velvet jewelry box, which contained three rings.’
    • ‘For two months she learned how to make silver jewelry, selling some of her pieces through the store.’
    • ‘Are you buying expensive jewelry for your wife for Christmas?’
    • ‘In India and Asia, the purchase of silver jewelry is not for show but as investment.’
    • ‘Bronze enabled people to make better tools and weapons, as well as make beautiful jewelry and sculpture.’
    • ‘Patients requiring preoperative magnetic resonance imaging must remove body jewelry.’
    • ‘Her fingers started to peel off the wrapper, unveiling a dark blue velvet jewelry box.’
    • ‘European makeup and costume jewelry, too, are replacing traditional cosmetics and ornaments.’
    • ‘He tells him of the jewelry store heist idea and Vogel immediately wants in.’
    • ‘I learned to make silver jewelry as a hobby and then a minor profession.’
    • ‘He wears real gold jewelry and drives a BMW.’
    • ‘There's no need to buy expensive branded jewelry from Tiffany unless you are making an investment.’
    • ‘Also, South Beach shops off of Collins have some beautiful handmade jewelry.’
    • ‘Some are encrusted with costume jewelry, evoking the roughly bejeweled icons of Byzantium.’
    • ‘Performance means not wearing jewelry of any kind.’
    • ‘Max, a goldsmith and engraver, established a company that manufactured costume jewelry.’
    jewels, gems, gemstones, precious stones, semi-precious stones, bijouterie
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Usage

The different spellings of jewellery in British and American English can cause confusion. The British spelling jewellery adds -lery to jewel, while the American spelling jewelry adds -ry

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French juelerie, from juelier ‘jeweller’, from joel (see jewel).

Pronunciation

jewellery

/ˈdʒuːəlri/