- 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 ( jewelof children)." [Shak.]
- A bearing for a pivot a pivot in a watch, formed of a crystal or precious stone, as a ruby.
Etymology: OE. juel jowel, OF. jouel juel joiel, F. joyau, dim. of OF. joie joy, jewel, F. joie joy. See Joy