Definition of crown jewel in English:

crown jewel


  • 1The crown and other ornaments and jewelry worn or carried by the sovereign on certain state occasions.

    ‘the Crown Jewels of the British monarchy’
    • ‘The Cullinan Diamond is on display at the Tower of London and is part of the British Crown Jewels.’
    • ‘The Crown Jewels of the British monarchy have been around for over 800 years.’
    • ‘If you want to really know London, don't stop at the Tower of London with its gloomy turrets and Crown Jewels.’
    • ‘Christopher Columbus's exploration of the Americas was funded by the Spanish royal family pawning their Crown Jewels.’
    • ‘Crown Jewels might include everything from the regalia to swords, tiaras, rings and brooches.’
    • ‘The uniforms, gowns, robes and the Crown Jewels themselves are spectacular.’
    • ‘Edinburgh Castle is home to Scotland's Crown Jewels, the oldest Royal Regalia in the UK.’
  • 2A particularly valuable or prized possession or asset.

    ‘one of Istanbul's architectural crown jewels’
    ‘he is under pressure to sell the crown jewel of his retail empire’
    • ‘It's the crown jewel of media because they have a set of assets that's unmatched.’
    • ‘The crown jewel of the telecom boom, a state-of - the-art cable system on the ocean floor capable of carrying 90 percent of the pacific telecom traffic.’
    • ‘Despite being the crown jewel of the Warsaw Pact, East Germany's social and economic infrastructure lagged far behind that of West Germany.’
    • ‘The Social Security Act of 1935 was the crown jewel of the government activism of the New Deal.’
    • ‘The migration of more than a thousand head of bison wandering out of the park in search of food gave him and other Montana ranchers a different perspective of the crown jewel of America's national parks.’
    • ‘Within this treasure trove of biodiversity, the crown jewel is a seven-year-old national park on a peninsula in the northeast corner.’
    • ‘It's been called the crown jewel of the military health system.’
    • ‘With its exquisite, blue-tile mosaics and golden dome, the larger of the two Muslim holy places, known as the Dome of the Rock, is the crown jewel of Jerusalem's skyline.’
    • ‘Album of the Year is the crown jewel of music's biggest prize, and those albums are the best they could come up with in 2003.’
    • ‘But the crown jewel is the restored Verde Canyon Railroad, which steers visitors through the layers of time in Clarkdale and the surrounding countryside.’
    • ‘You won't mind wintry skies at the skating rink in Forest Park, which is the city's crown jewel and an even better destination in the summer.’
    • ‘Below them and to the south, the island volcanoes of the Dutch East Indies stretched back along their course, an arrow pointing toward Australia and a crown jewel of their own empire.’
    • ‘On the other hand, art lovers can spend weeks visiting the 100 plus museums in the city with, of course, the Louvre being the crown jewel.’
    • ‘It's perhaps the crown jewel of Hollywood's golden era.’
    • ‘You know, they've been the crown jewel of law enforcement.’
    • ‘She had already won the same contest twice, in 1998 and '99, before turning her attention to her sport's crown jewel, the Fitness Olympia.’
    • ‘The crew at Dinosaur Cove expected to find dino fossils, but the crown jewel would be a mammal bone - evidence of mammals living among dinosaurs in Australia is fairly rare.’
    1. 2.1humorous A man's genitals.
      • ‘Defenders setting up a wall to face a free kick near the penalty area will not longer be allowed to protect their crown jewels with their hands.’
      • ‘The only thing Pete was flashing was his crown jewels after taking to the stage with his flies undone.’
      • ‘Whether you choose to sunbathe ‘au naturel’ or to keep your crown jewels undercover, we look forward to welcoming you to Gran Canaria's only men-only complexes.’
      • ‘It was quite hot that evening and not being a man to restrict his crown jewels in boxers all night, yours truly was sleeping in the buff.’