Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
  2. (noun, person) a person who is as brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
  3. (verb, creation) adorn or decorate with precious stones

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Synonyms of Jewel

bejewel, gem, precious stone

Origin of the word Jewel

  1. late 13c., "article of value used for adornment," Anglo-Fr. juel, O.Fr. juel, jouel "ornament, jewel" (12c.), perhaps from M.L. jocale, from L. jocus "pastime, sport," in V.L. "that which causes joy" (see joke). Another theory traces it to L. gaudium, also with a notion of "rejoice." Sense of "precious stone" developed early 14c. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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