jewel

A jewel is a valuable gem or stone, one that might be set in a ring or necklace. Your grandmother might keep her jewels locked in a safe, to protect them from thieves.

You can see large, gorgeous jewels in museums and jewelry stores. The diamond in a diamond ring is a jewel, and the rubies in a pair of sparkly red earrings are also jewels. You can also use the word to mean "person as special as a jewel." The Old French root is jouel, which may stem from jocus, "sport or pastime" in Latin, and "that which causes joy" in Vulgar Latin.

Definitions of jewel
  1. noun
    a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
    synonyms: gem, precious stone
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    crown jewel
    a precious stone that is a valuable part of a sovereign's regalia
    solitaire
    a gem (usually a diamond) in a setting by itself
    diamond
    a transparent piece of diamond that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    ruby
    a transparent piece of ruby that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    pearl
    a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel
    emerald
    a transparent piece of emerald that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    sapphire
    a transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
    ice, sparkler
    diamonds
    seed pearl
    a small imperfect pearl
    type of:
    jewellery, jewelry
    an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)
  2. noun
    a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
    synonyms: gem
  3. verb
    adorn or decorate with precious stones
    jeweled dresses”
    synonyms: bejewel
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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