gems

[gems]
Also, gemse [gem-zuh] .


Origin:
< German; Old High German gamiza < Late Latin camoc- (stem of camox)

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gem

[jem]
noun
1.
a cut and polished precious stone or pearl fine enough for use in jewelry.
2.
something likened to or prized as such a stone because of its beauty or worth: His painting was the gem of the collection.
3.
a person held in great esteem or affection.
4.
muffin ( def 1 ).
5.
British Printing. a 4-point type of a size between brilliant and diamond.
verb (used with object), gemmed, gemming.
6.
to adorn with or as with gems; begem.
adjective
7.
Jewelry. noting perfection or very high quality: gem color; a gem ruby.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English gemme < Old French < Latin gemma bud, jewel; replacing Middle English yimme, Old English gim(m) < Latin

gemless, adjective
gemlike, adjective


2. treasure, prize, jewel, pearl.
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gem (dʒɛm)
 
n
1.  a precious or semiprecious stone used in jewellery as a decoration; jewel
2.  a person or thing held to be a perfect example; treasure
3.  a size of printer's type, approximately equal to 4 point
4.  (NZ) a type of small sweet cake
 
vb , gems, gemming, gemmed
5.  (tr) to set or ornament with gems
 
[C14: from Old French gemme, from Latin gemma bud, precious stone]
 
'gemlike
 
adj
 
'gemmy
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

gem
O.E. gim, from L. gemma "precious stone, jewel," originally "bud," from the root *gen- "to produce" (see genus).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
GEM
  1. Gemini

  2. ground-effect machine

GEMS
Global Environment Monitoring System
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Example sentences
They have all kinds of bright lights and the gems and jewelry really reflect
  the light up into your face.
Celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the first movie review with some
  particularly excoriating gems from the past century.
Chalcedonies include many types of cryptocrystalline quartz gems and feature a
  number of different colors.
He is now experimenting with drilling holes in the gems and knotting them
  together in varying configurations.
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