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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.
Origin of jewelry
1300-50; Middle English juelrie < Anglo-French juelerie, equivalent to juel jewel + -erie -ery
Can be confused
jewelry, Jewry, jury. Unabridged
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  • Police reacted in less than a minute to jewellery store being ransacked.
  • Jazz it up if necessary with some interesting jewellery.
  • Commercial fences pay the going rate for scrap gold however valuable the finished jewellery is.
  • Cars are the same, so are clothes and so are jewellery etc.
  • There are tea pots and cigarette cases, flasks, spoons and jewellery.
  • They may be hidden in jewellery or accessories, or even embedded in the body.
  • Destroying them would be akin to destroying a piece of jewellery, a painting, or a momento.
  • Luckily, the criminals who stole the jewellery from the gift shop did not know where the jewellery inside the museum is kept.
  • Only a tiny portion of colored gemstones found in the trade and in jewellery was extracted in the past few years.
  • She had tribal scars and wore jewellery made out of car parts.
British Dictionary definitions for jewellery


objects that are worn for personal adornment, such as bracelets, rings, necklaces, etc, considered collectively
the art or business of a jeweller
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Word Origin and History for jewellery

see 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]

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