jewellery

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Etymology[edit]

From the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French jouel, and beyond that, to the Vulgar Latin word *jocale.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) enPR: jo͞oʹəlrē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːəlri/
  • (alternate UK pronunciation) enPR: jo͞oʹələrē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːələri/
  • (nonstandard) enPR: jo͞oʹlərē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːləri/ (this pronunciation gives rise to the Cockney rhyming slang tomfoolery)

Noun[edit]

jewellery (usually uncountable, plural jewelleries)

  1. (UK, Australia, New Zealand) Collectively, personal ornamentation such as rings, necklaces, brooches and bracelets, made of precious metals and sometimes set with gemstones.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, The Fate of the Artemis[1]:
      “[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound, on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck ; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”
    She had more jewellery ornamented about her than any three ladies needed.

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