Definitions for jewelˈdʒu əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

jew•elˈdʒu əl(n.; v.)-eled, -el•ing; -elled, -el•ling.

  1. (n.)a cut and polished precious stone; gem.

    Category: Jewelry

  2. a fashioned ornament for personal adornment, esp. of a precious metal set with gems.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable.

  4. a durable bearing used in fine timepieces and other delicate instruments, made of natural or synthetic precious stone or other very hard material.

    Category: Horology

  5. (v.t.)to set or adorn with jewels.

Origin of jewel:

1250–1300; ME jouel, juel < AF jeul, OF jouel, joel < VL *jocāle plaything, n. use of neut. of *jocālis (adj.) of play = L joc(us)joke+-ālis -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. jewel, gem, precious stone(noun)

    a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry

  2. jewel, gem(verb)

    a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry

  3. bejewel, jewel(verb)

    adorn or decorate with precious stones

    "jeweled dresses"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. jewel(noun)ˈdʒu əl

    a valuable cut stone used in jewelry; = gem

    diamonds and other jewels

  2. jewelˈdʒu əl

    jewelry decorated with jewels

    the royal family's jewels

  3. jewelˈdʒu əl

    sth very special, beautiful, or good

    The city is often called "the jewel of the East."


  1. jewel(Noun)

    A precious or semi-precious stone; gem, gemstone.

  2. jewel(Noun)

    A valuable object used for personal ornamentation, especially one made of precious metals and stones; a piece of jewellery.

  3. jewel(Noun)

    Anything considered precious or valuable.

    Galveston was the jewel of Texas prior to the hurricane.

  4. Jewel(ProperNoun)

    from the noun jewel, used since the end of the 19th century.

  5. Jewel(ProperNoun)

    , a variant of Jewell, or from "jewel" like the female name.

  6. Origin: From juel, from jouel (modern joyau), based ultimately on iocus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Jewel(noun)

    an ornament of dress usually made of a precious metal, and having enamel or precious stones as a part of its design

  2. Jewel(noun)

    a precious stone; a gem

  3. Jewel(noun)

    an object regarded with special affection; a precious thing

  4. Jewel(noun)

    a bearing for a pivot a pivot in a watch, formed of a crystal or precious stone, as a ruby

  5. Jewel(verb)

    to dress, adorn, deck, or supply with jewels, as a dress, a sword hilt, or a watch; to bespangle, as with jewels


  1. Jewel

    Jewel Kilcher, professionally known as Jewel, is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress and poet. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 27 million albums worldwide. Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, released on February 28, 1995, became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 15 times platinum. One single from the album, "Who Will Save Your Soul", peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100; two others, "You Were Meant for Me" and "Foolish Games", reached number two and seven respectively on the Hot 100, and were listed on Billboard's 1997 year-end singles chart. She has crossed multiple genres throughout her career. Perfectly Clear, her first country album, was released on The Valory Music Co. in 2008. It debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and featured three singles, "Stronger Woman", "I Do", and "Til It Feels Like Cheating". Jewel released her first independent album Lullaby in May 2009. Jewel is the co-host, as well as a judge, with Kara DioGuardi on the songwriting competition reality television series Platinum Hit, which premiered May 30, 2011 on the cable network Bravo. Jewel has the vocal range of a lyric soprano.

Translations for jewel

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a precious stone

rubies, emeralds and other jewels.

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