Definition of jewelry in US English:

jewelry

(British jewellery)

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

The different spellings of jewelry 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 ‘jeweler’, from joel (see jewel).

Pronunciation

jewelry

/ˈjo͞o(ə)lrē//ˈdʒu(ə)lri/