A chest full of jewels.
- The definition of a jewel is a precious gem, or a valuable person or thing.
- An example of a jewel is a diamond.
- An example of a jewel is an employee who always goes above and beyond their job description.
- Jewel is defined as to add gems to something.
An example of jewel is putting rhinestones on the collar of a jacket.
- a valuable ring, pin, necklace, etc., esp. one set with a gem or gems
- a precious stone; gem
- any person or thing that is very precious or valuable
- a small gem or hard, gemlike bit, used as one of the bearings in a watch
Origin of jewelMiddle English ; from Old French joel ; from jeu, a game, trifle ; from Classical Latin jocus, a trifle, joke
- a. A precious stone; a gem.b. A small natural or artificial gem used as a bearing in a watch.
- A costly ornament of precious metal or gems.
- One that is treasured or esteemed.
transitive verbjew·eled, jew·el·ing, jew·els or jew·elled or jew·el·ling
- To adorn with jewels.
- To fit with jewels.
Origin of jewelMiddle English juel, from Anglo-Norman, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *iocale, from neuter of *iocalis, of play, from Latin iocus, joke; see yek- in Indo-European roots.
- A precious or semi-precious stone; gem, gemstone.
- A valuable object used for personal ornamentation, especially one made of precious metals and stones; a piece of jewellery.
- (figuratively) Anything considered precious or valuable.
- Galveston was the jewel of Texas prior to the hurricane.
- A bearing for a pivot in a watch, formed of a crystal or precious stone.
(third-person singular simple present jewels, present participle jewelling or jeweling, simple past and past participle jewelled or jeweled)
- A female given name from the noun jewel, used since the end of the 19th century.
- A male given name, a variant of Jewell, or from "jewel" like the female name.