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1 a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry [syn: gem, precious stone]
2 a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry [syn: gem] v : adorn or decorate with precious stones; "jeweled dresses" [syn: bejewel] [also: jewelling, jewelled]

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see Jewel



Anglo-Norman juel, from Old French joel (modern joyau), based ultimately on Latin jocus ‘jest’.


  • (RP) /ˈʤuːəl/|/ˈdʒʊːəl, /"dZu:@l/, /"dZU:@l/
  • (Can) /dʒuɬ/ or /ˈdʒuwl̩/


  1. A precious or semi-precious stone; gem, gemstone.
  2. A valuable object used for personal ornamentation, especially one made of precious metals and stones; a piece of jewellery.
  3. Anything considered precious or valuable.
    Galveston was the jewel of Texas prior to the hurricane.


  • Croatian: dragulje
  • Czech: drahokam
  • Dutch: juweel
  • Esperanto: gemo
  • Estonian: kalliskivi
  • Finnish: jalokivi, korukivi (semiprecious)
  • German: Juwel
  • Italian: gemma
  • Polish: klejnot
  • Slovene: dragulj
  • Spanish: piedra preciosa
  • Swedish: juvel
valuable object for ornamentation
  • Esperanto: juvelo
  • Finnish: koru
  • French: joyau, bijou
  • Greek: κόσμημα
  • Hungarian: ékszer
  • Italian: gioello
  • Polish: klejnot
  • Slovak: klenot
  • Spanish: joya
anything considered precious or valuable
  • Finnish: helmi
  • Polish: skarb , perła , klejnot
  • Spanish: joya

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Jewel may mean:
Jewel could also be an alternate spelling of the family name Jewell
jewel in German: Jewel
jewel in Esperanto: Juvelo
jewel in Italian: Gioiello
jewel in Japanese: ジュエル (曖昧さ回避)
jewel in Swedish: Juvel

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acceptable person, anklet, armlet, ball bearing, bangle, bead, beads, bearing, bejewel, beribbon, beset, bespangle, bevel bearing, bijou, boast, boon, bracelet, breastpin, brilliant, brooch, bushing, capital fellow, catch, chain, chaplet, charm, chatelaine, circle, coronet, cosset, crown, darling, diadem, diamond, earring, engrave, favorite, feather, figure, filigree, find, flag, flounce, flower, fob, fondling, garland, gem, gentleman, godsend, good fellow, good lot, good man, good person, good sort, good thing, good woman, headstock, honest man, ideal, idol, illuminate, lady, locket, marvel, matinee idol, mensch, minion, necklace, needle bearing, nonesuch, nonpareil, nose ring, ornament, paint, pearl, perfect gentleman, perfect lady, persona grata, pet, phoenix, pin, plum, plume, precious stone, preference, pride, pride and joy, prince, prize, real man, rhinestone, ribbon, right sort, ring, rock, roller bearing, rough diamond, spangle, sparkler, spoiled child, stickpin, stone, thrust bearing, tiara, tinsel, torque, treasure, trophy, trouvaille, wampum, windfall, winner, worthy, wreathe, wristband, wristlet
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