Definition of jewel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒuːəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒuːəl//
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  1. 1a precious stone such as a diamond, ruby, etc. synonym gem
  2. 2[usually plural] pieces of jewellery or decorative objects that contain precious stones The family jewels are locked away in a safe. see also crown jewels See related entries: Jewellery
  3. 3a small precious stone or piece of special glass that is used in the machinery of a watch
  4. 4(informal) a person or thing that is very important or valuable Alice, you are a jewel. Venice is the jewel of the Adriatic.
  5. compare gem
    Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French joel, from jeu ‘game, play’, from Latin jocus ‘jest’.Idioms the most attractive or valuable part of something The Knightsbridge branch is the jewel in the crown of a 500-strong chain of stores.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jewel