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From the word jewel, which was anglicized from the Old French jouel(graceful object), and beyond that, to the Vulgar Latin word *iocale(graceful object).

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  • (UK, US) enPR: jo͞oʹəlrē, jo͞olʹrē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːəlɹi/, /ˈdʒuːlɹi/
  • (alternate UK pronunciation) enPR: jo͞oʹələrē, jo͞oʹlərē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːələɹi/, /ˈdʒuːləɹi/ (this pronunciation gives rise to the Cockney rhyming slang tomfoolery)


jewellery ‎(usually uncountable, plural jewelleries)

  1. (British, Canadian) 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, in 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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