Definitions for: Jewel


[n] a precious or semiprecious stone incorporated into a piece of jewelry
[n] a person who is a brilliant and precious as a piece of jewelry
[v] adorn or decorate with jewels



Webster (1913) Definition: Jew"el, n. [OE. juel, jowel, OF. jouel, juel, joiel, F.
joyau, dim. of OF. joie joy, jewel, F. joie joy. See Joy.]
1. An ornament of dress usually made of a precious metal, and
having enamel or precious stones as a part of its design.

Plate of rare device, and jewels Of rich and
exquisite form. --Shak.

2. A precious stone; a gem. --Shak.

3. An object regarded with special affection; a precious
thing. ``Our prince (jewel of children).'' --Shak.

4. A bearing for a pivot a pivot in a watch, formed of a
crystal or precious stone, as a ruby.

Jewel block (Naut.), block at the extremity of a yard,
through which the halyard of a studding sail is rove.


Jew"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jeweled, or Jewelled; p.
pr. & vb. n. Jeweling, or Jewelling.]
To dress, adorn, deck, or supply with jewels, as a dress, a
sword hilt, or a watch; to bespangle, as with jewels.



The long gray tufts . . . are jeweled thick with dew. --M.
Arnold.

Synonyms: bejewel, gem, gem, precious stone

See Also: adorn, beautify, decorate, diamond, embellish, emerald, grace, human, individual, jewellery, jewelry, mortal, ornament, pearl, person, ruby, sapphire, solitaire, somebody, someone, soul

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Famous Quotes Containing Jewel:


Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.

-- Robert Bulwer-Lytton (English Statesman)

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.

-- Patrick Henry (American Revolutionary)

When you finish a poem, it clicks shut like the top of a jewel box, but prose is endless. I haven't experienced an awful lot of clicking shut!

-- Kenneth Koch (American Poet)

Though we take from a covetous man all his treasure, he has yet one jewel left; you cannot bereave him of his covetousness.

-- John Milton (English Poet)

The conductor must breathe life into the score. It is you and you alone who must expose it to the understanding, reveal the hidden jewel to the sun at the most flattering angles.

-- Charles Munch (French Musician)

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.

-- Sun Tzu (Chinese Philosopher)

You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.

-- Richard Bach (American Novelist)

If I could be granted a wish, I'd shine in your eye like a jewel.

-- Bette Midler (American Actress)

Consistency is the paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.

-- William Allen White (American Editor)

With this announcement today, the Army has made it clear what we have known all along - that Fort Riley is truly the crown jewel of the United States Army.

-- Jim Ryun (American Athlete)

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.

-- Ludwig van Beethoven (German Composer)

San Franciscans know we live in the most beautiful city in the world, a jewel on the edge of the Golden Gate.

-- Gavin Newsom (American Politician)

Seldom ever was any knowledge given to keep, but to impart; the grace of this rich jewel is lost in concealment.

-- Wendell Phillips (American Activist)

In the tight belly of the dead, Burrow with hungry head, And inlay maggots like a jewel.

-- Karl Shapiro (American Poet)

I almost rented a house by an architect named Schindler, but I couldn't afford it. It was a jewel.

-- Parker Stevenson (American Actor)

Monty Python crowd; half of them came from Cambridge, and half of them came from Oxford. But, there seems to be this jewel, this sort of two headed tradition of doing comedy, of doing sketches, and that kind of thing.

-- Rowan Atkinson (English Comedian)

The earth has grown old with its burden of care, but at Christmas it always is young, the heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, and its soul full of music breaks the air, when the song of angels is sung.

-- Phillips Brooks (American Clergyman)

What a wonderful phenomenon it is, carefully considered, when the human eye, that jewel of organic structures, concentrates its moist brilliance on another human creature!

-- Thomas Mann (German Writer)

Sense shines with a double luster when it is set in humility. An able yet humble man is a jewel worth a kingdom.

-- William Penn (English Leader)

I felt privileged to be a facet of such a jewel in the crown of American cinema.

-- Tatum O'Neal (American Actress)


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