- 1a precious stone such as a diamond, ruby, etc. synonym gem
- 2 [usually plural] pieces of jewelry or decorative objects that contain precious stones The family jewels are locked away in a safe. see also crown jewels
- 3a small precious stone or piece of special glass that is used in the machinery of a watch
- 4(informal) a person or thing that is very important or valuable Alice, you are a jewel. Venice is the jewel of the Adriatic. compare gem Idioms
the most attractive or valuable part of something The Madison Avenue branch is the jewel in the crown of a 500-strong chain of stores.
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