Jew"el (?), n. [OE. juel, jowel, OF. jouel, juel, joiel, F. joyau, dim. of OF. joie joy, jewel, F. joie joy. See Joy.]


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.


A precious stone; a gem.



An object regarded with special affection; a precious thing.

"Our prince (jewel of children)."



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.


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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.

<-- Most common p.p. = bejeweled, bejewelled -->

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


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