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[joo-uh l] /ˈdʒu əl/
a cut and polished precious stone; gem.
a fashioned ornament for personal adornment, especially of a precious metal set with gems.
a precious possession.
a person or thing that is treasured, esteemed, or indispensable.
a durable bearing used in fine timepieces and other delicate instruments, made of natural or synthetic precious stone or other very hard material.
an ornamental boss of glass, sometimes cut with facets, in stained-glass work.
something resembling a jewel in appearance, ornamental effect, or the like, as a star.
verb (used with object), jeweled, jeweling or (especially British) jewelled, jewelling.
to set or adorn with jewels.
Origin of jewel
1250-1300; Middle English jouel juel < Anglo-French jeul, Old French jouel, joel < Vulgar Latin *jocāle plaything, noun use of neuter of *jocālis (adj.) of play, equivalent to Latin joc(us) joke + -ālis -al1
Related forms
jewellike, adjective
unjeweled, adjective
unjewelled, adjective


[joo-uh l] /ˈdʒu əl/
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • I should like you to come with me into my study, jewel, for a few minutes.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • It is not well that such a jewel should be hidden in this grey casket.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • That evening, in Mr. Evringham's library, jewel wrote the letter.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • The world welcomes you; and, through me, it places in your hands this jewel.

    The Finding of Haldgren Charles Willard Diffin
  • If I can only deposit it safely in His Heart before another sees it and robs me of my jewel, all will be well.

    Ortus Christi Mother St. Paul
British Dictionary definitions for jewel


a precious or semiprecious stone; gem
a person or thing resembling a jewel in preciousness, brilliance, etc
a gemstone, often synthetically produced, used as a bearing in a watch
a piece of jewellery
an ornamental glass boss, sometimes faceted, used in stained glasswork
jewel in the crown, the most valuable, esteemed, or successful person or thing of a number: who will be the jewel in the crown of English soccer?
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
(transitive) to fit or decorate with a jewel or jewels
Derived Forms
jewelled, (US) jeweled, adjective
jewel-like, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French jouel, perhaps from jeu game, from Latin jocus
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Word Origin and History for jewel

late 13c., "article of value used for adornment," from Anglo-French juel, Old French jouel "ornament, jewel" (12c.), perhaps from Medieval Latin jocale, from Latin jocus "pastime, sport," in Vulgar Latin "that which causes joy" (see joke (n.)). Another theory traces it to Latin gaudium, also with a notion of "rejoice" (see joy).

Sense of "precious stone" developed early 14c. Meaning "beloved person, admired woman" is late 14c. Colloquial family jewels "testicles" is from 1920s, but jewel as "testicle" dates to late 15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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