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- (US, sometimes Canada) jewelry
- (UK, US) enPR: jo͞oʹəlrē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːəlɹi/
- (alternate UK pronunciation) enPR: jo͞oʹələrē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːələɹi/
- (nonstandard) enPR: jo͞oʹlərē IPA(key): /ˈdʒuːləɹi/ (this pronunciation gives rise to the Cockney rhyming slang tomfoolery)
- (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:
- “[…] 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.