- 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 chest full of jewels.
jewel definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French joel ; from jeu, a game, trifle ; from Classical Latin jocus, a trifle, joke
jewel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- To adorn with jewels.
- To fit with jewels.
Origin: Middle English juel, from Anglo-Norman, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *iocāle, from neuter of *iocālis, of play, from Latin iocus, joke; see yek- in Indo-European roots.