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[joo-uh l-ree] /ˈdʒu əl ri/
articles of gold, silver, precious stones, etc., for personal adornment.
any ornaments for personal adornment, as necklaces or cuff links, including those of base metals, glass, plastic, or the like.
Also, especially British, jewellery.
Origin of jewelry
1300-50; Middle English juelrie < Anglo-French juelerie, equivalent to juel jewel + -erie -ery
Can be confused
jewelry, Jewry, jury. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There are also many gold and silver shops, though this is where stolen jewelry ends up.
  • Archaeologists have since found their bones, as well as the jewelry and other precious objects they wore in their final hours.
  • IT is easy to spot the jewelry booths at crafts fairs.
  • Use jewelry to express your personality or, better yet, use your conversation.
  • While it's fashionable to decry the increase in gold prices, consumers can avoid this buy putting off jewelry purchases.
  • Lost-wax casting is a way to reproduce a sculpture or piece of jewelry directly from an original.
  • The shape is also used in decorative jewelry and architectures.
  • Browse jewelry and western art by local and regional artists.
  • Both startups plan to use the diamond jewelry business to finance their attempt to reshape the semiconducting world.
  • jewelry is an easy item to spark small talk, so wear only what you want to talk about.
British Dictionary definitions for jewelry


objects that are worn for personal adornment, such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc, considered collectively
the art or business of a jeweller
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for jewelry

late 14c., juelrye "precious ornaments, jewel work," from Old French juelerye, from jouel (see jewel). In modern use it can be analyzed as jewel + -ery or jeweler + -y (1). Also jewellery.

The longer is the commercial & popular form, the shorter the rhetorical & poetic. [Fowler]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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