- The definition of a gem is a jewel, valuable stone, or something highly valued.
- An example of a gem is an emerald.
- An example of a gem is an excellent employee.
Several different colored gems.
gem definition by Webster's New World
- a cut and polished gemstone or a pearl, used for ornamentation
- gemstone: a fortune in uncut gems
- anything prized for its beauty and value, esp. if small and perfect of its kind
- a highly valued person
- ☆ a kind of muffin
Origin: Middle English gemme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin gemma, a swelling, bud, precious stone ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝembhna ; from base an unverified form ĝembh-, to bite, tooth from source comb
gem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A pearl or mineral that has been cut and polished for use as an ornament.
- a. Something that is valued for its beauty or perfection: a little gem of a book.b. A beloved or highly prized person.
- A type of muffin.
Origin: Middle English gemme, from Old French, from Latin gemma; see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
gem - Computer Definition
(1) See JEM.
(2) (gem) The format for packaging Ruby programs via the RubyGems package manager. See Ruby.
(3) (Graphics Environment Manager) A early graphical user interface from Digital Research that was similar to the Mac/Windows environment. It was built into ROM in several Atari computers. The DOS version of Ventura Publisher came with a runtime version of GEM, enabling graphics-based page layout on a PC, which was not common at the time.