1 a precious or semiprecious stone; gem
2 a person or thing resembling a jewel in preciousness, brilliance, etc.
3 a gemstone, often synthetically produced, used as a bearing in a watch
5 an ornamental glass boss, sometimes faceted, used in stained glasswork
jewel in the crown the most valuable, esteemed, or successful person or thing of a number
who will be the jewel in the crown of English soccer?
vb , -els, -elling, -elled
(U.S.) , -els, -eling, -eled
7 tr to fit or decorate with a jewel or jewels (C13: from Old French jouel, perhaps from jeu game, from Latin jocus)
Informal an option given by a company subjected to an unwelcome takeover bid to a friendly firm, allowing this firm to buy one or more of its best businesses if the bid succeeds
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