Meaning of “jewel” in the English Dictionary

"jewel" in British English

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jewelnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈdʒuː.əl/ us /ˈdʒuː.əl/

jewel noun [ C ] (VALUABLE STONE)

B2 a precious stone that is used to decorate valuable objects:

She was wearing a large gold necklace set with jewels.

a small precious stone or a piece of specially cut glass, used in the mechanism of a watch

jewels [ plural ]

→  jewellery

More examples

  • The diamond thief double-crossed his partners and gave them only worthless fake jewels.
  • The manuscript is bound in gold and silver and encrusted with jewels.
  • He said the jewels were worthless fakes.
  • The ring is set with one large jewel.
  • India was known as the jewel in the crown of the British empire.

(Definition of “jewel” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jewel" in American English

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jewelnoun [ C ]

us /ˈdʒu·əl/

a precious stone, such as a diamond or ruby, or a decorative object with such a stone or several stones in it:

a jewel necklace

(Definition of “jewel” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)