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

/ˈdʒu(ə)lri//ˈjo͞o(ə)lrē/